Clemens led Harvard with nine kills in the match (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's volleyball won its second match of the season Friday night at the MAC, shutting out Emmanuel in straight sets. The victory came by set scores of 25-16, 25-21, and 25-14.
Branden Clemens led the Harvard (2-3) attack with nine kills, including eight in the final two sets. The junior from Carmel, Indiana, also recorded six digs and two service aces in the match. Casey White tallied eight kills and seven digs, while Alec Schlossman contributed seven kills of his own. Freshman Marko Kostich added 33 assists in his third start of the year.
Seven different Crimson student-athletes recorded a block in the match, including four from Caleb Zimmick. Harvard held the Saints (0-1) to a -.040 hitting percentage on the night. Zach Whitermore and Ashanti Jackson paced Emmanuel with four kills each.
Harvard got out to an early nine-point lead in the first set at 14-5. DJ White and Zimmick sparked the early run with three kills each in pushing the lead to nine. A block from Kostich and Riley Moore sent the advantage to double digits at 22-12, and the Crimson would finish off the stanza on top 25-16.
Harvard trailed early in the second set after a handful of errors, but the squad bounced back to the lead at 12-11 after a kill from Clemens. The Crimson took six of the final seven points in the period to take a 2-0 lead.
The home squad exploded for the first seven points of the third set with three kills from Clemens and two from Schlossman. The Saints made a run of their own, and cut the score to one point, but Harvard registered 11 of the final 12 points to sweep the match 3-0.
The Crimson returns to action Saturday, January 31 at the Malkin Athletic Center against Alderson Broaddus. The match will begin at 4 p.m. and can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.