Women’s Volleyball Tops UMass Lowell 3-1, Named New England Challenge Champions

Photo by: Gil Talbot
Photo by: Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team (5-4) picked up its fourth straight win tonight with a 3-1 victory over UMass Lowell (1-11) at the Malkin Athletic Center. Due to Harvard's Thursday start of the New England Challenge, the Crimson can now claim the championship title for the second consecutive year having defeated all three participating teams. Harvard's victory came by set scores of 25-17, 25-23, 18-25 and 25-16.

A balanced attack led the Crimson past the River Hawks as Harvard outhit UMass Lowell .206 to .168. Maclaine Fields topped the lineup in kills with nine, while Mindie Mabry and Grace Roberts Burbank each notched eight. Fields registered a team-high .571 hitting percentage, tallying only one error through four sets.

Bella Almanza and Grace Varsames once again aided the Crimson's offense, each handing out 15 assists. Anna Uhr made notable contributions across the floor, striking down a career-high six service aces, while also tallying a team-best seven digs. Setting a career-high in service aces herself, Mabry added five to her tally. Defensively, Varsames and Sandra Zeng notched six digs apiece, while Christina Cornelius put up five blocks at the net, two solo.

Harvard Highlights:
- The Crimson claimed the New England Challenge championship title for the second consecutive year with its win over UMass Lowell tonight.
- Harvard came out firing in the first set, tallying a match-high .500 hitting percentage and holding UMass Lowell to .174.
- Mabry and Uhr each set career-highs in service aces with five and six, respectively.

Game Notes:
- Harvard improves to 7-5 in its all-time series with UMass Lowell.
- The Crimson is currently on a four-match winning streak going into conference play next weekend.

Up Next:
Harvard will begin its quest for the Ivy League Championship next Friday, Sept. 21, traveling to Dartmouth for a 7 p.m. match up.