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Docter's Efforts Not Enough as Women's Volleyball Falls to Princeton, 3-1

The Crimson offense struggled Saturday evening as Princeton earned a 3-1 win at the MAC (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taylor Docter turned in her second quality performance of the weekend but to no avail as the women's volleyball team was upended by Princeton Saturday evening at the Malkin Athletic Center, 3-1.

Docter scored 14 kills to lead the Harvard (11-9, 4-6 Ivy League) attack while chipping in eight digs and two blocks on the defensive side. Last night, Docter scored a season-high 18 kills and dug 15 balls for her second double-double of the year.

Kristen Casey totaled seven kills, 15 digs and two blocks. Erin Cooney, Sandra Lynne Fryhofer and Teresa Skelly each notched six kills and combined for 11 blocks, with Fryhofer and Skelly each tallying four. Christine Wu turned in 18 digs and now has 1,752 career digs to her credit, one shy of tying her for third place in the Ivy League record books.

Harvard opened a 3-0 lead to begin the match and was ahead 11-9 following a Fryhofer service ace. Princeton (15-7, 8-2 Ivy League) quickly tied the score at 11 and took its first lead 15-14. The Tigers held a 23-18 edge after a 5-0 stretch and took set point, 25-23.

Princeton jumped out to a quick 9-3 lead in the second set and cruised to a 25-13 victory. The Crimson bounced back in the third, however, and took a 12-6 advantage on a Beth Kinsella ace and block from Skelly and Cooney. Harvard opened a 17-10 lead on a solo block from Fryhofer and earned set point, 25-17, following two Fryhofer aces.

The Crimson could not maintain their momentum into the fourth set, however, as Princeton rolled to match point, 25-16.

Lydia Rudnick led the Tigers with a match-high 22 kills and added 14 digs for a double-double. Sarah Hanna notched 12 kills while Ginny Willis dished out 52 assists and dug 13 balls for a double-double herself.

Harvard returns to action on the road next weekend with a pair of Ivy League matches. The Crimson will first take on Columbia on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:00 p.m. before traveling to Cornell for a 5:00 p.m. showdown Nov. 5.