Crimson staff writer
Kurt T. Bullard
Corie Bain is one of the best—if not the singular best—player in the history of Harvard women’s volleyball.
After winning last week’s contest against Dartmouth to open the second half of its conference slate, the Crimson was unable to keep the momentum rolling, dropping both of its weekend games and officially falling out of contention for the Ivy League title after earning a share of the top spot the last two seasons.
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.
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.
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.