Clemens co-leads the Crimson with 14 kills (Gil Talbot).
PRINCETON, N.J. – In its second EIVA matchup of 2015, No. 13 men's volleyball fell to Princeton in four sets, 3-1. The loss snapped the Crimson's four-match win streak , and came by set scores of 26-24, 19-25, 21-25, and 26-28.
DJ White recorded his first double-double of the year with 14 kills and 12 digs, while also recording three blocks in the match. Branden Clemens also notched 14 kills, while also tallying eight digs, and Nick Bendell finished with 38 assists.
Errors plagued the Crimson (5-4, 1-1 EIVA) in the final three sets, as the team combined to hit just .190. Princeton (4-4, 2-0 EIVA) was led by Cody Kessel, who finished with 22 kills and eight blocks.
Harvard got out to an early 1-0 advantage in the match after winning the first set, 26-24. DJ White recorded three kills in the opening series of points to help give Harvard an early 5-2 lead. The Tigers battled back and took the lead, 22-18, but the Crimson recorded eight of the final ten points to triumph in the first frame.
The Tigers sprung out to an early lead 10-6 lead in the second set, which the Crimson could not overcome. White recorded a kill to close to the gap to 18-15, but Princeton took five of the next six points to close the frame and tie the match.
The third set was tightly contested, with each team trading small leads. An attacking error from Kessel tied the game at 13, but the black and orange responded with a four-point spurt to regain control. The Tigers would go on to win the set, 25-21.
Harvard held a 20-17 lead late in the fourth stanza, led by three kills from Clemens, but ultimately could not hold on to force a fifth set. A flurry of attacking errors helped to tie the match, and Princeton took control to eke out a 28-26 victory.
Harvard continues EIVA play at NJIT on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. The match will be broadcast on NJIT GameCentral.