The Crimson remain unbeaten in the EIVA with a sweep of George Mason (Zack Williamson).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard men's volleyball team hit a season-high .390 en route to a convincing 3-0 victory Sunday afternoon over George Mason. The win came by set scores of 25-22, 25-18 and 25-23.
Harvard improves to 4-3 overall with the win and remains unbeaten in the EIVA at 3-0. The victory was the Crimson's first ever sweep of George Mason, which drops to 4-5 overall, 0-2 EIVA.
The Crimson hit .390 as a team, representing the team's highest percentage since hiting .432 at Sacred Heart on April 20, 2013. Casey White scored a match-high 11 kills to finish with a .318 percentage, while brother DJ White hit .444 with nine kills. Caleb Zimmick posted a .636 percentage with eight kills, and also turned in three aces and five blocks. Nick Bendell directed the offense, dishing out 38 assists.
The Patriots were led by Jack Wilson's 15 kills and Jonathan Lutz's 10.
It was all Harvard from the opening serve, as a pair of Zimmick kills and a DJ White ace helped the Crimson to a 4-1 edge. DJ White scored three kills during a 4-1 spurt to extend the margin to 13-7, and following a pair of George Mason errors the score stood at 19-14. Another kill by DJ White gave the Crimson a chance at set point, with a Patriot service error putting the frame to bed, 25-22.
Harvard used a 5-0 run, which included two Zimick aces, early in the second set to overcome a 5-4 deficit and take a 9-5 lead. The score stood at 14-8 midway through the frame and the Crimson was on top, 19-12, following a pair of Kyle Rehkemper kills. Casey White gave Harvard set point, 25-18, with his fourth kill of the stanza.
Blocks by DJ White and Zimmick propelled the Crimson to a 3-0 advantage out of the gates in set three. The Patriots hung tough, however, and pulled to within in one at the midway point, 15-14. The lead remained at just one point until a kill by Casey White and a block by Casey White and Rehkemper pushed the Crimson edge to 23-20. Another Casey White kill put Harvard in position to finish the match off, and a Patriot error gave the Crimson match point, 25-23.
Harvard is back in action this coming weekend as it heads out on the road for matchups with Saint Francis (Pa.) and Penn State. The Crimson will first face the Red Flash Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. before taking on the Nittany Lions Saturday, Feb. 22 at 3 p.m.