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Women’s Volleyball Bests Holy Cross in Four Sets

Kinsella led the Crimson with 26 sets to help move the Crimson passed Holy Cross in two sets Tuesday night.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior captain Taylor Docter notched a double-double with 13 kills and 20 digs to help the Harvard women's volleyball team defeat Holy Cross, 25-17, 25-11, 15-25, 25-19, Tuesday at the Malkin Athletic Center.

Junior Erin Cooney and freshman Kathleen Wallace tallied 11 kills for Harvard (3-9, 0-1 Ivy League), and sophomore Caroline Walters hit a team-best .533 on nine kills in a balanced offensive effort. Walters also led the Crimson in blocks with eight, while Kristen Casey finished with 15 digs. Senior Beth Kinsella and Hannah Schmidt shared setting duties, dishing out 26 and 22 assists, respectively.

Senior Megan Lynch had a game-high 16 kills for Holy Cross (0-16, 0-2 Patriot League).  

Harvard prevailed in a back-and-forth first set that featured nine ties and seven lead changes. Cooney, Wallace and Docter each registered four kills, and Kinsella added nine assists. The Crimson trailed, 13-12, but Docter knotted the frame at 13 on a kill. The Crimson scored 12 of the last 16 points to take the set.

Harvard led throughout the entire second frame, dominating on both offensive and defense.  The Crimson held the edge in total blocks, 4-2, as Holte, Wallace and Walters each notched two. Walters and Docter led the way offensively with four kills apiece. With Harvard ahead, 14-7, Walters scored a kill to spark a 10-4 run to seal the victory and give the Crimson a 2-0 advantage.

Holy Cross prevailed in the third set, 25-15, to force a tightly contested fourth stanza. Harvard jumped out to an early 7-1 advantage, but the Crusaders rallied and took a 15-14 lead. Wallace later tied the score at 16 with a kill, as the Crimson scored 10 of the final 13 points to finish its non-conference schedule with a win.

Harvard returns to action this weekend with a pair of home Ivy League match-ups, starting with Princeton on Friday at 7 p.m. The Crimson will then take on Penn Saturday at 5 p.m.