Harvard will host Princeton next weekend in a one-match playoff (Gil Talbot).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For the second straight year the Harvard women's volleyball team can call itself an Ivy League champion as it claimed a share of the 2015 title with a 3-1 win at Brown Saturday night. The victory came by set scores of 25-15, 22-25, 25-20 and 25-20.
For Harvard it marks the third Ivy League championship in program history, with the others coming in 2004 and 2014. This year's Crimson squad has posted a 14-10 overall record while going 10-4 against the Ancient Eight, marking just the fourth time Harvard has reached 10 wins in the conference and the first time it has done so in back-to-back years.
Harvard shares this year's conference crown with Princeton (15-8, 10-4 Ivy League), which defeated Columbia Saturday night, 3-1, for a share of its first title since 2007. The Crimson will host a one-match playoff next weekend for the right to represent the conference in the NCAA tournament live on the Ivy League Digital Network. The date and time of the match have yet to be finalized.
Corinne Bain led the charge with eight kills, a .375 hitting percentage, 23 assists, 15 digs and four blocks. The senior class also figured prominently into the victory, with Kathleen Wallace adding 13 kills and 10 digs. Caroline Holte contributed seven kills and seven blocks, and was complimented by Hannah Schmidt's 12-assist, seven-dig night. Sindhu Vegesena, meanwhile, turned in 25 digs to help limit the Brown (10-16, 4-10 Ivy League) attack to a .055 percentage.
Vegesena now ranks fourth in Harvard single-season history with 427 digs on the year. Christina Cornelius, meanwhile, who turned in seven blocks, holds the top spot in program annals with 103 block assists and also ranks fourth with 122 total blocks.
Harvard got off to a quick start, building a 23-9 lead in the first set before taking the frame, 25-15. Brown rebounded to take the second, 25-22, but could not maintain that momentum after the intermission.
The Crimson pulled away in the third with an 8-1 stretch to take a 19-10 advantage. The Bears began to rally late, but following a Harvard timeout Jocelyn Meyer put the set to bed, 25-20.
Harvard trailed 13-10 in the fourth before a 5-0 run put it back on top, 15-13. The Crimson closed out the match with a 4-1 stretch, and secured the title with a Wallace kill and Bain assist, 25-20.