CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team (10-8, 5-4 Ivy) remains undefeated at home after securing a three-set sweep over Columbia (9-10, 3-6) tonight, Oct. 26, at the Malkin Athletic Center. The Crimson moves to 10-8 overall and 5-4 in Ivy play by set scores of 25-21, 25-19 and 25-18.
Harvard earned its sixth win at home this season tonight, including its third sweep in the month of October after its straight-sets victory over the Lions. Holding Columbia to a .101 hitting percentage, the Crimson won its defensive battles after the score tied 21 times throughout the match, including 11 knots in the first set. After battling through sets one and two, Harvard came out firing on all cylinders to seal the match in set three, securing 14 kills to hit at a .294 clip.
Junior Grace Roberts Burbank led the Crimson attack with nine kills to record a career-high .500 attack percentage after registering only one error. Christina Cornelius and Evelyn Gray added to Harvard's offensive efforts with eight kills each, while Mindie Mabry tallied six. First-year Bella Almanza dished out 29 assists, nearly recording a double-double with nine digs.
On defense, Anna Uhr continues to lead the back court, posting 14 digs. Sophomore Gray patrolled the net for a team-best and career-high six block assists, while Maclaine Fields put up five and Cornelius added four to stop the Lions' attack.
- The Crimson served up six service aces, including two each from Almanza and Mabry.
- Harvard has now won five of its last six Ivy matches.
- The Crimson improves to 44-18 in its all-time series against the Lions.
Harvard will enjoy its last two home contests of the regular season next weekend, Nov. 2-3, hosting Yale and Brown. First serves are set for 7 p.m. and 5 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.