After a tough five-set loss at the hands of Cornell capped last weekend’s slate of Ivy League competition, the Harvard women’s volleyball team got right back on track on Friday night. The Crimson dropped the first set to Dartmouth in the Malkin Athletic Center, but responded by taking the next three to send the Big Green back to Hanover winless.
Over the past two years, the Harvard women’s volleyball team has dug itself into early-season holes, only to go on to win a share of the Ivy League championship both times.
While freshman standout Bente van Vlijmen earned Athlete of the Week honors for her three-goal weekend performance on the field hockey pitch, other Crimson athletes had solid games of their own.
In a match between what could pan out to be the top two teams in the Ancient Eight, the Crimson handily beat the Big Green in three straight sets.
When it comes to gaining a bid to the NCAA Tournament, the Harvard women's volleyball team's chances of doing so at-large are slim. So, in the broad scheme of things, the results of its pre-Ivy League games did not matter. That all changes on Friday.
Sophomore Christina Cornelius spikes a ball during the Crimson’s 3-0 victory against Columbia on November 7, 2015. Without its four graduated seniors, the team will rely on all of its returning and new members, and especially Cornelius and co-captain Corie Bain to lead the team’s attack as it looks to snap its losing streak.
It is often when playing against completely new teams that a team develops. It is in these matchups that it realizes both the skills of which it has attained mastery, and what it needs to work on.
Despite solid play from junior outside hitter Paige Kebe, the Crimson continues to skid after dropping last night’s match to UNH by a score of three sets to none, Harvard suffered sixth-consecutive loss this season.
Off to a 1-5 start for the second season in a row, the Crimson struggled to rally against any of its opponents this weekend.
After showing signs of promise in its first game against Siena, Georgia uncovered areas of weakness in the conclusion of the Beantown Challenge, as the Crimson went on the split its weekend slate.