No. 15 Harvard Men’s Volleyball Falls to George Mason in EIVA Tournament, 3-0
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The No.15 Harvard men's volleyball team had its championship run cut short on Thursday evening, as George Mason downed the Crimson, 3-0, in the EIVA semifinal round hosted by Penn State. Senior Matt Jones led the Crimson attack with 14 kills in the losing effort.
George Mason opened fast as it took the first set 25-19. Harvard attempted to comeback in the second set, but again was unable to find an answer for the Patriots' attack as George Mason also took that stanza 25-19.
With its back against the wall, Harvard once again found itself with an early deficit in the third set as George Mason went up 5-2 with the help of Andrew Dentler and Mark Jones, forcing a Crimson timeout. The Patriots kept the pressure on as it opened a six-point lead off a Jones service error, to go up 12-6. The teams traded points through much of the match but Harvard began to gain some traction with the score sitting at 20-14 as Harvard went on a 6-3 run to make it 23-20. A service ace by Jones and a kill from sophomore Nick Madden cut the Patriots lead to one, 23-22, but George Mason was able to record two of the final three points of the match to advance to the EIVA championship.
Jones paced the Crimson attack with 14 kills while Madden tallied 11. Junior Rob Lothman dished out 33 assists and Jones and sophomore Chris Gibbons led the team with eight digs apiece. Madden also paced the Crimson defense with three blocks in the match.
George Mason was buoyed by Michael Kvidahl who tallied 14 kills during the match. Javier Perez dished out 36 assists while Max MacFarland paced George mason with 10 digs. Piotr Dabrowski was a force at the net as secured five blocks during the match.
Harvard ends its 2012 campaign having had one of the most successful seasons in program history tallying 18 wins and appearing the AVCA national rankings for first time ever for a Crimson men's volleyball team.