ITHACA, N.Y. – Concluding its four-match road stretch, the Harvard women's volleyball team (3-11, 1-4 Ivy League) suffered a 3-1 setback to Cornell (12-2, 5-0 Ivy League) tonight, Oct. 12, at the Newman Arena. After making a comeback in the third set to stay alive and force a decisive fourth set, the Crimson fell to the Big Red by set scores of 17-25, 23-25, 25-21 and 20-25.
Katie Vorhies paced the Crimson offense with 14 kills, a career-high for the first-year, who also added an assist and block to her tally. Junior Mindie Mabry followed closely behind Vorhies in double figures as well, registering 12 kills for her fifth match this season in double digits. Junior co-captain Evelyn Gray nearly joined the duo in double figures, registering nine kills, while senior Sope Adeleye notched six and a team-best .500 hitting percentage. Sophomore Bella Almanza led the Crimson with a team-best 24 assists and added three service aces. First-year Ashley Wang assisted the Crimson offense as well, totaling 20 helpers.
Defensively, Sandra Zeng guided the backcourt with a team-best 12 digs. The junior libero was dominant from the service line as well, tallying a team-high four service aces. Wang assisted in Harvard's defensive efforts with eight digs, while Adeleye and Mabry each added six apiece. Senior co-captain Maclaine Fields returned to the lineup to put up a team-best three blocks at the net, as Adeleye also contributed three and sophomore Jaimie Rao recorded two.
Harvard will return home to the Malkin Athletic Center to host Princeton and Penn next weekend, Oct. 19-20. First serve against the Tigers is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, while the Crimson will face the Quakers at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Both matches will be broadcast on ESPN+.