Volleyball Downs Columbia in Three on Senior Night; Maintains Ivy Lead

Seniors Holte, Schmidt, Wallace and Vegesena put in a combined effort to close out Harvard's victory in their senior night (Athletic Communications). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team concluded its last homestead against Columbia on Senior Night with a 3-0 victory at the Malkin Athletic Center, 25-18, 25-18, 25-15. 

Harvard (13-9, 9-3 Ivy League) holds a one-match lead over Dartmouth (11-10, 8-4 Ivy League) and Princeton (13-8, 8-4 Ivy League) following the Big Green's 3-0 win versus Cornell and the Tigers' 3-0 triumph over Brown. The Crimson controls its own destiny with just two matches remaining, beginning next Friday, Nov. 13 at Yale. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network

Prior to the match, Harvard recognized its four graduating seniors; Caroline Holte, Hannah Schmidt, Kathleen Wallace and Sindhu Vegesena. Holte tallied three blocks in the match, surpassing Suzie Trimble '08 for second place in program history with 372 career blocks. Wallace, meanwhile, recorded her fifth career double-double with 12 kills and 12 digs. 

Early in the first set, the Crimson took the lead as it went on a 5-0 run which included two service aces from Wallace, 11-6. Harvard would only let Columbia come within three points of the lead as the Lions hit just .049, as the Crimson took the frame, 25-18. 

Harvard quickly jumped out to a 12-3 lead in the second set with a pair of blocks from Jocelyn Meyer and Christina Cornelius. The Lions offense rallied with a 7-3 run to pull within 16-11, but would get no closer as a block by Paige Kebe put the set away, 25-18. 

Columbia would not put up without a fight as it took its first lead of the night in the third set, 9-8. The Crimson reacted quickly with a 9-2 run putting Harvard ahead 17-11. The seniors wrapped up the match as Wallace served for match point, Vegesena dug the resulting attempt by Columbia, Schmidt set the pass and Holte tallied the kill.