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Thanks to a team-high .500 kill percentage and nine kills from freshman middle blocker Christina Cornelius, pictured above against Columbia on Nov. 7, the Crimson earned the Ivy NCAA bid with a four-set victory over Princeton.
While Harvard students filed down to New Haven for the 132th rendition of The Game, the women’s volleyball team stayed behind Friday night at the Malkin Athletic Center to take down Princeton, 3-1, to end the Tigers’ season and send the Crimson to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
Although many Crimson supporters will be wholly focused upon “The Game” between the Harvard and Yale football teams this coming weekend, there are a few other Crimson squads that have competitions this weekend with major NCAA implications.
No one likes sharing. But when it comes to the co-owning the Ivy League title, the Harvard women’s volleyball team probably isn’t too upset about it.
Whether they’re kicking off a season, in the midst of one, or drawing it to a close, several Harvard teams are playing key matchups that you’ll want to keep an eye on this weekend.
Led by co-captains Caroline Holte and Hannah Schmidt, the Crimson (13-9, 9-3 Ivy) swept both games this weekend, beating conference opponents Columbia (7-14, 5-7) and Cornell (6-16, 2-10) in straight sets.
As some teams near the end of their seasons and others look to start with a bang, this weekend at Harvard will have a host of worthwhile games to follow.
With just three games remaining and in control of the Ivy League, Harvard women's volleyball looks to sweep Columbia and Cornell to stay in atop the Ancient Eight.
While Harvard split its games, beating the Quakers on Friday and falling to the Tigers on Saturday, Dartmouth faltered against both opponents to leave the Crimson with sole possession of first in the conference.
Senior outside hitter Kathleen Wallace was a dominant force last time the Crimson met the Killer P's. She will look to have a repeat performance this weekend on the road.
Nearly one month ago, Harvard women’s volleyball easily handed rivals Penn and Princeton straight-set losses. In that critical weekend sweep, the Crimson not only shut both the Quakers and the Tigers out, but also snapped Penn’s four-match winning streak. The Crimson (10-8, 6-2 Ivy) will look to repeat its performance from four weeks ago as it travels first to take on Penn (9-11, 3-5), followed by the Tigers (9-8, 4-4) for the second time this season.
Crimson junior Corie Bain, shown in action against Yale last month, had eight kills and 14 assists in Harvard's straight-sets win over the Big Green.
Harvard took control of the game frOM the get-go and never let go, taking the match in straight sets and never letting Dartmouth eclipse 20 points in a single set.
Last time the Harvard women’s volleyball team played Dartmouth, on Sept. 25, the Ivy League landscape was quite different.