PRINCETON, N.J. – The No. 14 Harvard men's volleyball team suffered its second setback of the weekend, falling at Princeton Saturday night by scores of 18-25, 22-25, 25-14 and 14-25.
Harvard (9-4, 5-3 EIVA), which had won six straight entering the weekend, has slipped from second to fourth in the EIVA standings behind Princeton (7-3, 5-2 EIVA) and George Mason (6-7, 4-2 EVIA). No. 9 Penn State remains the top seed in the conference with a 13-3 overall record and 7-1 mark against the EIVA.
DJ White paced the offensive attack with nine kills while adding six digs on the defensive side of the net. Nick Madden also registered nine kills while Branden Clemens added six. Rob Lothman dished out 36 assists as the team combined to hit just .158.
Caleb Zimmick turned in another strong defensive effort with six total blocks, including three solo. Chris Gibbons recorded 12 digs.
Princeton was led by Pat Schwagler and Devin Stearns who each tallied 15 kills. The Tigers hit .250 as a team and recorded 13.5 total blocks to limit the Crimson.
Harvard took an early 3-0 lead in the first set but fell behind, 10-8, heading into the midway point. Leading by two, 20-18, the Tigers closed the frame on a 5-0 run for set point.
The Crimson again led in the second set, 14-10, before a 6-0 stretch gave the home team the upper hand. Harvard pulled within one late, 23-22, but a pair of kill put Princeton over the top.
Harvard rallied to take the third set in convincing fashion, 25-14. With the score tied at 7-7, the Crimson used a 7-3 stretch to open a 14-10 advantage and then extended its lead to 22-13 behind a flurry of kills. A Gibbons kill and a pair of Princeton errors gave Harvard the set.
The fourth frame belonged to the host as Princeton used an 11-4 run down the stretch to earn match point, 25-14.
Harvard will play a pair of midweek games coming up as it hosts MIT Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. before traveling to Emmanuel Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m.
Story courtesy of Harvard