White, Clemens finished with 14 kills apiece to lead the Crimson (Gil Talbot).
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Finishing its stay at the Asics Tournament at Long Beach State, Harvard men's volleyball fell in four sets, 3-1, to CSUN. The loss came by set scores of 25-18, 25-19, 21-25, and 25-19.
Caleb Zimmick was named to the All-Tournament team, after combining for 14 kills and nine blocks while hitting .370.
DJ White moved into second place all-time in the Harvard record book in kills (940) and digs (490) with a 14-kill, six-dig performance. Branden Clemens tied for the team-high with 14 kills to go with eight digs and six blocks.
Defensively, Harvard (9-7) combined for 52 digs, led by Nick Bendell and Casey White with 11 apiece, and 11 team blocks. Harvard limited CSUN (6-13) to a .250 hitting percentage, but only hit .120 through the four frames.
CSUN got out to a quick start in the first period, scoring the first seven points of the set. The Crimson recorded a pair of three-point runs to draw within two, 13-11, but the Matadors responded with nine of the next 11 points to win the frame.
After trading four-point stretches to begin the second set, CSUN added a second streak to take a lead mid-way through the period, 14-10. Trading kills, back to back points by DJ White helped spark a run to draw Harvard within two, 21-19, but the Matadors scored the final four points to take a 2-0 match advantage.
Harvard got on the scoreboard in the third set, winning 25-21. DJ White posted eight kills in the frame, hitting .583 for the period. The Crimson trailed halfway through the stanza, 13-11, but answered with nine of the next 11 points to seize control and take the point.
The Crimson fell behind early in the fourth set, 6-3, and could not gain the lead despite drawing within one point on multiple occasions. Harvard drew closest at 14-13 but a trio of points by the Matadors helped seal the victory, 3-1.
Harvard finishes its west-coast road trip on Tuesday night at Pepperdine. First serve is set for 10 p.m. EST.