This weekend at the Fairfield Invitational, Harvard bookended a shutout loss with victories over Central Connecticut State on Friday and host Fairfield Saturday evening.
Harvard fell to Princeton, three sets to zero, before defeating Penn, three sets to one, on senior night.
The penultimate weekend of play for the Harvard women’s volleyball team was marked by both excitement and disappointment as the Crimson found itself on both ends of upsets.
Harvard traveled to Columbia and Cornell over the weekend, coming up just short in both bouts. The Crimson won two sets against each opponent, but the Lions and the Big Red closed out each match in the fifth set.
Only teammates for a few months, these freshmen have already made a noticeable impact for the Crimson. Sitting at 11-6 overall and 6-2 in the Ivy League, Harvard has put itself in a position to compete for a league title at the end of the year.
Last weekend, the Harvard women’s volleyball team split its doubleheader, beating Penn and falling to Princeton. This week saw another split series. Coming off a strong performance on Friday against Brown, the Crimson was unable to withstand the conference-leading Yale.
Junior co-captain Christina Cornelius prepares to provide backup as freshman outside hitter Mindie Mabry makes a play against conference rival Cornell during its 3-1 win on Sept. 29. The team has a near perfectIvy League record, with only one loss.The team remains well positionedto claim an Ivy title, there is now less room for error than before.
In the first-to-three points structure that is college volleyball, games can last as short as one hour or as long as three hours. The Harvard women’s volleyball team (9-5, 4-1 Ivy League) saw both extremes this weekend, as it finished as the beneficiaries of a long five-set victory against Penn (7-7, 2-3) while suffering a quick three-set loss against Princeton.