Schmidt and the Crimson moved into sole possession of first place Friday (Gil Talbot).
PHILADELPHIA – The Harvard women's volleyball team took over first place in the Ivy League Friday night with a 3-0 win at Penn. The victory came by set scores of 25-19, 25-17 and 25-18.
Harvard (11-8, 7-2 Ivy League) entered the weekend tied with Dartmouth (9-9, 6-3 Ivy League) atop the conference standings but moved into sole possession of first place after the Big Green stumbled at Princeton, 3-0. The Crimson is now one-game clear of Dartmouth and Yale (11-7, 6-3 Ivy League) with five matches remaining.
Kathleen Wallace, Corinne Bain and Hannah Schmidt each recorded a double-double in the victory, with Wallace's 11 kills and 13 digs leading the way. Bain added 16 assists, 12 digs and four blocks with Schmidt contributing 14 assists and 12 digs.
Freshman Christina Cornelius was also instrumental in the victory, totaling six kills, a .357 hitting percentage and eight blocks.
Penn opened an 11-7 margin in the first set but Harvard quickly bounced back to tie the frame on a Paige Kebe kill, 11-11. The Crimson finally broke through with a 5-0 stretch, 18-13, and cruised to the win on a Cornelius strike, 25-19.
An 11-3 stretch created separation between the teams in the second set as Harvard cruised down the stretch to a 25-17 triumph.
It was all Crimson in the third as a Schmidt service ace put the score at 10-3. Harvard kept the pressure on, moving the score to 17-9 on another Cornelius kill, and earned match point on a Big Green service error, 25-18.
Harvard returns to the court tomorrow at Princeton at 5 p.m. The match can be seen live online via the Ivy League Digital Network.