CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team (10-9, 5-5 Ivy) suffered a 3-1 setback at the hands of Cornell (11-8, 7-3 Ivy) tonight, Oct. 27, at the Malkin Athletic Center. The Crimson fell to 5-5 in the Ivy League and 10-9 overall by set scores of 19-25, 25-23, 19-25 and 25-15.
After falling 25-19 in set one to open the match, the Crimson rallied back in set two with a 25-23 victory to even the score with the Big Red at 1-1. Despite its second-set comeback, Harvard was unable to grab a lead in the match, falling in the next two sets.
For the second consecutive night, Christina Cornelius led all Crimson attackers. Cornelius hit in double figures for the 12th time this season, posting a team-best 11 kills. Mindie Mabry and Maclaine Fields followed closely behind with nine each, while Fields recorded a team-best .300 hitting percentage . Assisting the Crimson attack, first-year Bella Almanza dished out 36 assists to connect Harvard on 44 kills on the night.
Defensively, Anna Uhr and Sandra Zeng topped the line up, collecting 12 and 11 digs apiece. Almanza put up a team-high five block assists at the net, while Cornelius tallied four to slow down Cornell's offense.
- The Crimson outhit the Big Red .273 to .211 in set two.
- Sandra Zeng picked up two service aces.
- Harvard dropped its first match at home this season, falling to 6-1 at the Malkin Athletic Center.
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+.