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Women’s Volleyball Sweeps Manhattan on Day One of Harvard Invitational

Wallace helped spark Harvard to its first win of the season Friday (OAC).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior captain Taylor Docter recorded her second double-double of the season on a match-high 13 kills and 10 digs as the Harvard women's volleyball team bested Manhattan, 25-18, 25-14, 25-14, on day one of the Harvard Invitational.

Freshman Kathleen Wallace added to the offense with 11 kills while hitting .500 for the match. Junior Teresa Skelly had five total blocks, and sophomore Kristen Casey added ten digs to pace the Harvard (1-3) defense. Senior Beth Kinsella and freshman Hannah Schmidt split the setting duties, dishing out 24 assists and 12 assists a piece.

The Manhattan (1-6) offense was led by junior Mariana Furquim, who notched a team-high six kills.

A kill by junior Erin Cooney gave the Crimson the lead, 11-10, in the first set. Harvard never looked back, outscoring the Jaspers 14-8 to take the frame. Kinsella had eight assists in the set, and Wallace recorded four kills on five attempts.  

Harvard never trailed in the second set, as they rolled to the 25-14 victory. Docter's seven kills and Kinsella's seven assists helped pace the offense, while the team also registered a match-high four blocks.

The Jaspers kept the score close in the early moments of the final set, which featured three ties and two lead changes. Harvard called timeout after Furquim closed the gap to 10-9, leading to a Docter kill which sparked a 15-5 run to seal the victory.  

The Crimson continues play in the Harvard Invitational tomorrow as it takes on Providence at 1 p.m. and Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m. Northern Kentucky swept Providence, 25-23, 25-15, 25-13, earlier Friday evening.