The Harvard women's volleyball team got a rest and a victory against Boston University yesterday, taking the first two games easily and then using substitutes the rest of the way.
The deciding fifth game was the Crimson's from start to finish. Harvard jumped out to a 2-1 lead, and ended the contest, 15-7, as sophomore Kathy Yanelli served five consecutive points.
After winning the first two games, 15-7 and 15-5, Crimson Coach Karyn Altman substituted freely, and BU came back with two wins in the best of five match.
But between much laughter and hard-hit spikes, the Crimson took advantage of BU's feebly organized set ups and brought its record to 4-0.
After a clumsy start with two net plays miscalled, freshman Anna Collins smashed a spike down the throats of two unprepared BU setters. Margaret Cheng was all over the court, hitting to Nina Henderson and Collins. BU couldn't get favorable positioning and Harvard took the first two games with ease.
In the third match, Harvard gained an early 2-5 lead with the on-two combination of Renee Cheng and Margaret Cheng sending three BU players into confused circles. But some mix-ups in positioning led to a 7-7 tie and an eventual BU win.
"We put some new players into the lineup who had not been playing with the varsity," Altman said after the games. "So they didn't always know where to be, and they missed some balls that were theirs."
Harvard players seemed a little tired into the fourth game. BU, led by the spikes and blocks of Tracey Dixon, took control, though Harvard continued to play well at some points, keeping the match close with several ties. But BU clinched that game when Harvard lost control of the serve.
"We emphasized a little more precision than BU and I think our control and flexibility gave us the win," Altman said.
Twelve freshmen added to the ten-woman squad will be rotated into upcoming games. Virginia White, Margaret Asoming, Bea Sampling and Ann Diamond were among those players who played in sprits yesterday.