Harvard hit .300 or better for the 10th time this season (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its final outing of a three-match homestand, the Harvard men's volleyball team defeated Springfield, 3-1, at the Malkin Athletic Center. The victory came by set scores of 25-20, 25-16, 20-25, and 25-21.
Three Crimson hitters recorded double-digit kills, with DJ White leading the way with 13. Caleb Zimmick added 11 while hitting .500, and Branden Clemens recorded his second double-double in the past three matches with 10 kills and a career-high 12 digs. Nick Bendell helped the Crimson hit above .300 for the 10th time, dishing out 37 assists in the match.
Defensively Harvard (9-5) limited Springfield (14-6) to a .239 hitting percentage, including a -.087 clip in the second period. The Crimson added 10 team blocks, led by Bendell, Clemens, and Brad Gretsch tallying a game-high four.
The first set began with back and forth action, and trailing 10-9 the Crimson scored six of eight points to take control. Clemens recorded two kills and a service ace to spark the run. The Pride threatened to tie the set, coming as close as 17-16, but Harvard pulled away and won the frame 25-20.
Springfield got out to an early 6-2 lead in the second stanza, but Harvard responded with an onslaught of blocks and kills, finishing the set on a 23-9 run. DJ White had four kills in the set and Casey White added three and an ace to push Harvard's lead to 2-0.
The Crimson ceded a point in the third set, falling to the Pride 25-20, but responded by scoring seven of the first eight points to take a commanding lead at the start of the fourth. Clemens recorded five kills in the final frame, helping Harvard keep the lead for the entire period.
Harvard travels across the country to compete in the Asics Tournament, hosted by Long Beach State on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14. The Crimson will face off against the host 49ers in the opening match.