Docter and Kinsella went out as winners in their final collegiate match (Gil Talbot).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard women's volleyball team concluded the 2012 season with a four-set win at Brown Saturday night, earning head coach Jen Weiss her 100th career Ivy League victory and sending seniors Taylor Docter and Beth Kinsella out on a high note. The victory came by set scores of 25-21, 21-25, 25-20 and 29-27.
Docter and Kinsella each recorded a double-double in their final match wearing the Crimson. Docter's was of the 12-kill, 11-dig variety while Kinsella notched 24 assists and 12 digs. Caroline Walters set a new career-high with 14 kills and totaled five blocks as Kathleen Wallace registered 13 kills.
For Weiss it marked her second milestone in as many weeks. The longest tenured and winningest coach in program history earned her 250th career victory last weekend against Cornell while Friday's win was her 100th in Ancient Eight play.
Harvard (10-16, 7-7 Ivy League) came out swinging in the first set and took a 10-6 lead off a Jennifer Shults kill. Brown (7-17, 3-11 Ivy League) regained the lead at 12-11 but a Docter kill and three Brown errors put Harvard back on top, 15-12. A 4-0 stretch which included kills by Caroline Holte and Shults put the Crimson ahead 21-15 en route to the 25-21 win.
Brown used a 7-1 run to break a 15-all tie in the second set and held off the Crimson down the stretch to take the frame, 25-21. Harvard bounced back in the third set, however, with a 25-20 victory. The Crimson opened an 11-5 margin early on the strength of three Walters kills, and led 18-14 heading into the stretch following Walters fifth kill of the stanza. Walters added two more kills in the final moments to give her seven for the frame, including set point.
Harvard battled back from a 14-10 deficit in the fourth set to even the score at 16 on a Walters block. Back-to-back kills by Wallace gave the Crimson a 19-17 edge, but Brown answered back to retie it at 20. A Docter kill and two Bear errors put Harvard in control with a 24-21 margin and the Crimson held off a late Brown charge and recorded set point, 29-27, following two more Bear errors.
Harvard's season comes to a close with an overall record of 10-16 and an Ivy League mark of 7-7. This marks the first time that the Crimson has finished at .500 in conference play since the 2009 squad went 8-6.