PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Playing in its second five set match of the weekend, the Harvard women's volleyball team (12-9, 7-5 Ivy) was unable to muster enough energy to overcome the Brown Bears (7-16, 2-10 Ivy), falling in Providence 3-2 on Saturday evening.
Grace Roberts Burbank had a banner night, totaling a season high 22 kills while Paige Kebe contributed another solid effort with 10 kills. Evelyn Gray put together another strong performance in her young career, adding eight kills with a .333 hitting percentage and five blocks.
Despite showing a clear advantage in set one with a 25-18 win, the Crimson and Bears played much closer in the second frame, Brown inching its way to a 25-20 victory. Mid-way through the third, Harvard regained its dominance, taking the go-ahead set 25-12. After Brown took a 6-0 lead in set four, the Crimson came charging back with a 6-1 run to tie the set 7-7. The Crimson continued to attack, but the Bears would not go down easy, forcing a fifth set with a 25-23 win in the fourth. With the match hanging on the first-to-15, both teams battled for each point
Despite out-hitting the Bears in all five sets, including a .241-.112 overall advantage, Harvard struggled on the serve/receive, allowing the Bears to rack up 10 aces.
The Crimson will wrap up the 2017 regular season at home next weekend with a pair of matches against Princeton and Penn. Harvard will take on Princeton at 7 p.m. on Friday and will celebrate the Class of 2018 on Saturday prior to first serve against Penn at 5 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.