Harvard and Dartmouth are tied atop the Ivy standings with six matches to play (Gil Talbot).
HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard women's volleyball team routed Dartmouth Friday night, 3-0, to pull even with the Big Green atop the Ivy League standings. The victory came by set scores of 25-19, 25-17 and 25-19.
Harvard (10-8, 6-2 Ivy League) entered the evening trailing Dartmouth (9-8, 6-2 Ivy League) by one match in the standings, but avenged its 3-2 loss to the Big Green from earlier this year to create a tie atop the Ancient Eight. Yale (10-7, 5-3 Ivy League), which had been tied with Harvard in second place before the night, lost in four sets at Brown to put the Crimson and Dartmouth alone in the conference lead.
Harvard benefited from a balanced attack in the victory with Kathleen Wallace's nine kills and .304 hitting percentage leading the way. Corinne Bain added seven kills with Jocelyn Meyer contributing six and Caroline Holte adding five.
Holte was a force on the defensive side of the net, blocking six Dartmouth attacks as Harvard totaled 10 on the evening. Wallace notched four blocks and seven digs to go with Sindhu Vegesena's 11 digs and Bain's nine.
The Crimson held a slight 9-8 edge in the first set before embarking on a 5-0 run to open a 14-8 advantage. The Big Green battled back to pull within 19-17, but Harvard was able to shut the door to take the set, 25-19.
The second set began similarly as a 4-0 stretch gave the Crimson a 13-8 margin. Dartmouth was never able to get back into the frame, however, as Harvard pushed the lead to 21-12 before taking it by a comfortable 25-17 margin.
The Big Green opened a 5-2 edge in the third but the Crimson quickly rallied to even the score at seven. Tied 12-12, Harvard rattled off four unanswered points to create a 16-12 lead but was unable to hold off the hosts as Dartmouth stormed back to make the score 19-18. That was as close as the Big Green would get though, with the Crimson closing the set on a 6-1 run to take match point, 25-19.
Harvard returns to action next week as it visits Penn and Princeton. The Crimson will first take to the court on Friday, October 30 at Penn at 7 p.m. before traveling to Princeton Saturday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. Both matches can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.