W. Volleyball Defends Its Home Turf at the Harvard Classic

The Harvard women's volleyball team learned quickly this weekend that it does not like the taste of defeat.

After losing to Providence College in five games during its first match of the Harvard Classic, the Crimson bounced back and did not drop a game the rest of the tournament, beating Holy Cross, 15-7, 15-4, 15-11, and Hartford, 15-1, 15-12, 15-10.

"It was our tournament because it was at home [at the Malkin Athletic Center], and we had a lot of fans cheering for us," sophomore setter Mindy Jellin said. "After the loss [to Providence], we decided that we wanted to win on our home turf."


Harvard (5-4, 0-0 Ivy) and Providence were the only two teams in the field of four schools to place two players on the All-Tournament Team. Jellin, who had 40 assists against Holy Cross, and junior outside hitter Erin Denniston, who racked up 14 kills during the same match, garnered All-Tournament honors for their stellar work.

Harvard 3, Hartford 0

In its final match of the tournament Saturday night, Harvard maintained its momentum from a win earlier in the day against Holy Cross by dominating Hartford (4-3) in three easy games, winning 15-1, 15-12, 15-10.

"During the other two games, we came out slow, and but we came out strong against Hartford and pushed hard the whole way," Jellin said. "We were just pleased that we stuck it out and pulled out the last two [matches] in three games."

Co-captain Katherine Hart led the Crimson with 10 kills, and sophomore outside hitter Nicole Meunier, a transfer student from Dartmouth who has seen significant playing time for the Crimson this season, added seven kills and 11 digs.

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