Last weekend, a fatigued Harvard women's volleyball team took on what was probably its toughest competition of the season, losing to Southwest Missouri State, Purdue and Lamar.
On Saturday at the Boston College Eagle Challenge 2000, the Crimson picked up its first wins of the season, dispatching admittedly inferior opponents, dispatching Canisius 3-0 and Toledo 3-1.
"We were probably lucky to play the best teams early," senior outside hitter Angela Lutich said. "We got it out of the way."
Facing off against the 3-3 Toledo Rockets, the Crimson came out flat early. While Toledo recorded 16 kills in the first game, Harvard faltered with ten errors and lost the first game, 15-9.
After that, the Crimson settled down. An ugly second game ended up a 15-7 Harvard victory. Each side had more errors than kills.
Harvard picked up speed and went about dismantling the Rocket defense. Captain and middle hitter Katherine Hart had eleven kills and eleven digs over the entire match, finishing with a .250 hitting average.
The third game was interrupted by a minor disruption. Toledo Coach Kent Miller was apparently angered by an official's call and continued to yell and scream at both his players and referees Carole Burke and Dave Carson. He was then given a rarely-issued yellow card for misconduct.
Harvard jumped out to an early lead in the fourth game, and seemed to have things under control. However, the Rockets put on one more big offensive run.