NEW YORK - Columbia volleyball fell just short Saturday
evening as Harvard squeezed by the Lions, 3-0, in Levien Gym. The Lions were
defeated by scores of 23-25, 22-25, 20-25.
Columbia fell to 8-8 and 3-4 in Ivy League action as Harvard
improved to 7-11 on the season and 4-3 in conference play.
Columbia took the first lead of the game and held on until a
3-0 Harvard run pushed the Crimson to a 19-18 advantage and forced a Columbia
timeout. The Lions came back with kills by Megan Gaughn and Heather Braunagel
to regain the lead, 20-19. Each team scored again to keep Columbia ahead,
21-20, but Harvard embarked on another 3-0 run to go ahead, 23-21. The teams
traded kills in the next four plays before Harvard ultimately edged the Lions,
In the second set, the score was tied on 15 occasions before
a winner was decided. The Lions and the Crimson tangled back-and-forth until an
11-11 tie, when Harvard used a 5-2 run to pull away, 16-13, forcing Columbia to
call timeout. The Lions came back with three unanswered points to once again
knot the score at 16-all, in turn causing Harvard to take a timeout. The set
resumed back-and-forth action until Harvard used a 4-1 run to take a 23-20
advantage. The Lions responded with two points in a row, making it a one-point
game, but the Crimson earned the next two points for the win and a 2-0 series
Harvard took the first lead in the fourth set, but Columbia
tied the score three times to keep it close. After a 7-7 tie, the Crimson went
ahead once-and-for-all in a close, yet final, third set.
Up next, Columbia begins a five-match road swing with a
rematch at New York rival Cornell on October 26 at 7 p.m. The Lions downed 3-0 on their home court
earlier this season.
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