Women’s volleyball takes down Harvard in four

Jordan Baron, sports editor

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Northeastern women’s volleyball moved above .500 again Thursday night with a 3-1 win over Harvard University.

The first set started off close. The Huskies (6-5) put together a 3-0 scoring run to take a 5-2 lead early on, but the advantage was quickly neutralized by a 3-0 run by the Crimson (2-6). NU later put up another run, this time 4-0, to take an 11-7 lead, which they held until much later in the set. However, a follow-up 4-0 run by Harvard tied the score at 17-17. The Huskies held strong, using a 3-0 run to lead them to a 25-21 set win.

The story of the second set was quite similar, as both teams kept the score even in the early stages. Harvard took a 6-4 lead before the Huskies put together a 3-0 run to take a 7-6 lead. The teams then took turns with the lead multiple times, trading scores until the score was even at 17. The Crimson finally had enough, however, as they turned on the jets with a 3-0 and 4-0 run back-to-back to eventually lead them to a 25-21 set win.

The third set was back-and-forth, with both teams taking the lead multiple times. Harvard went up 10-7, but the Huskies quickly tied it up at 10. The Crimson commanded the momentum as they put together a 4-0 run to take a 17-13 lead, but the Huskies immediately responded with an impressive 6-0 run that gave them a 19-17 lead. The teams traded points back-and-forth for a while which brought the game to a win-by-two situation. The Crimson led 25-24 before NU took control with a 3-0 scoring run to win the set 27-25.

If the Huskies weren’t in control through the first three sets, they took overwhelming control in the fourth, with an outright annihilation of the Crimson. A 6-0 run early on gave them a commanding 8-1 lead. Harvard managed their second point of the game before a 9-0 Husky run buried the Crimson. Up 17-2, the Huskies went on to take the set by a score of 25-10, handing them the match win.

Senior middle-blocker Natalie Shollin held an impressive .706 hit percentage throughout the match, while setters Samantha Shupe (junior) and Liz Carroll (freshman) combined for 36 assists.

The Huskies, now 6-5, will have little rest before their next challenger. They face Syracuse University at home on Friday night. The Orange are 1-4 on the year.