Volleyball: Three Days, Three Wins and New England Challenge Champions

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team (5-4) earned its fourth straight win tonight with a 3-0 victory over UMass Lowell (3-7). Due to Harvard's Thursday start of the New England Challenge, the Crimson can now claim regional bragging rights, having defeated the other three participating teams. Hosting rights for 2018, however, will remain unknown pending final 2017 season RPI rankings.

Match Highlights

  • After a breakout performance on Thursday against BC, freshman Mindie Mabry posted another stellar match, hitting .556 on a team-leading 10 kills, 18 attempts and zero errors. Mabry also tallied an ace, three digs and two block solos.
  • Christina Cornelius was the other leading scorer, totaling nine kills, two aces and three blocks.
  • Paige Kebe made her move, contributing five kills and a block.
  • The score was tied 19 times yet the lead changed just seven times.
  • Attacking errors proved to be the deciding factor, Harvard committing just eight while UMass Lowell racked up 25.

Set One

  • The River Hawks opened the match 2-0 with back-to-back kills from Madi Bell.
  • Grace Roberts Burbank got the scoring started for the Crimson and subsequent errors from UMass Lowell gave Harvard a 10-5 lead.
  • Harvard kept steady pressure on the River Hawks who struggled to keep control, giving the Crimson set one. 

Set Two

  • The River Hawks reset for round two, keeping up with the Crimson's front row attackers. (10-10)
  • Jocelyn Meyer and Mindie Mabry combined efforts to give Harvard four straight points to take a 14-13 lead.
  • Paige Kebe notched three kills in the final six points to secure set two for Harvard 25-21.

Set Three

  • After taking a 4-0 run to start, the River Hawks lost composure and let the Crimson dominate to a 15-9 advantage.
  • UMass Lowell responded with four consecutive points, but continued to make costly errors that allowed Christina Cornelius to put the nail in the match at 25-19. 

What's Next?
Harvard will begin the campaign for its fourth Ivy League Championship next Friday, hosting Dartmouth at 7 p.m.