Women's Volleyball Rallies For 3-1 Win Over Dartmouth

Paige Kebe led Harvard with 11 kills in the win over Dartmouth. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Paige Kebe notched 11 kills, senior Corinne Bain recorded seven kills, 19 assists and seven digs to lead the Harvard women's volleyball team (6-11, 4-4 Ivy League) to a four set win over Dartmouth (8-11, 1-7 Ivy League) at Malkin Athletic Center. Harvard won by set scores of 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, and 25-21.

Freshman Isabelle Tashima added a career best five service aces and 17 digs to lead the Crimson, which completed the season series sweep of the Big Green.

The Crimson rallied back despite dropping the opening set. In that frame, with the score tied at 21-21, the Big Green ran off four straight points to clinch the set, capitalizing on Harvard's 10 attack errors.

But Harvard responded with its best set on the night, recording 13 kills and only three errors for an attack percentage of .333 in the second frame. Trailing 12-9 midway through the set, Harvard ran off six straight points, five on Tashima's serve, with two of her aces on the night coming during the run. The Crimson held the lead for the remainder of the set, closing out the frame on a kill from Bain at 25-21.

In a tightly contested third set, Harvard extended its lead to 21-13 before the Big Green clawed back into the set, staving off four set points to cut the Crimson margin to 24-23. But Grace Roberts Burbank (nine kills, 13 digs) gave Harvard the 2-1 set lead with a well-placed kill.

In the clinching fourth set, despite holding the Big Green to just .068 hitting in the frame, Harvard once again had to hold off a late Dartmouth rally to clinch the win. Dartmouth ran off four straight points to take the lead at 20-19 before Harvard called a timeout. But two Christina Cornelius kills bookended three attack errors by Dartmouth to put Harvard up 24-20. The Crimson sealed the win two points later on another Dartmouth error.

Harvard continues its home stand next weekend with games against Penn and Princeton on Oct. 28-29. Both games will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.