W. Volleyball Ascends To Ivy League Lead

With two dominating conference wins this weekend, the Harvard women’s volleyball team found itself in a novel situation—atop the Ivy League standings.

The Crimson (8-7, 4-0 Ivy) followed a 3-0 sweep of Yale (7-6, 1-2) on Friday night with a 3-1 victory over Brown to remain the lone undefeated Ivy squad.

“I’m really pleased [with the team’s play],” said Harvard coach Jen Weiss, “but every match that we see is going to be tough.”

Sophomore middle blocker Kaego Ogbechie, always the primary weapon, posted consecutive strong showings with match-high kill totals (17 against Yale, 20 against Brown) in both contests.

But Ogbechie was far from the only option.

Jellin engineered the Crimson’s multi-threat attack, spreading the ball to a variety of Crimson hitters on her way to averaging almost 12 assists per game on the weekend.

“I think that Mindy Jellin has been running a great offense,” Weiss said. “We have a lot of hitters getting a lot of balls.”

With the two victories, Harvard has already tallied more league wins than it did the entirety of last season. The Crimson finished 2001 with a 3-11 Ivy mark.

Harvard continues into the heart of its Ivy schedule when it hosts Columbia and Cornell at the Malkin Athletic Center this weekend.

Harvard 3, Brown 1

The Crimson responded to every Bear surge to plow its way to a 3-1 (30-19, 26-30, 30-21, 30-21) victory over the defending co-league champions.

The turning point of the match was a four-point run sparked by the powerful play of Ogbechie. After splitting the first two games, Harvard and Brown (6-9, 2-1) were knotted at 11-11 in game three.

But Ogbechie took over, picking up kills on three of the next four points. The final kill— a powerful spike into the center of the court— sent the small crowd of 100 onlookers, and the Crimson team, into a frenzy.

“We are just having so much fun,” said sophomore setter Kim Gould.

Harvard went on to cruise to a 30-21 victory.

The final game of the match was never close, with the Crimson coasting to the match-deciding victory.