Clemens led the Crimson with 17 kills in the victory (Gil Talbot).
FAIRFAX, Va. – In its return to EIVA action following a three-match road trip to Los Angeles, Harvard men's volleyball defeated George Mason, 3-1. The victory came by set scores of 25-23, 24-26, 25-18, and 25-15.
Branden Clemens turned in a 17-kill performance to lead the Harvard attack, matching his season-high set at Springfield. Captains Caleb Zimmick and DJ White also ended in double-digits, finishing with 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Guiding the attack, Marko Kostich dished 40 assists.
The Crimson (10-8, 4-2 EIVA) limited the Patriots (8-10, 3-3 EIVA) to a .047 hitting percentage, forcing its opponent into 38 errors. Casey White posted his third-consecutive match with double-digit digs, finishing with 12. Zimmick posted a game-high six blocks, including three solo blocks, while Clemens and Kostich tallied five blocks apiece.
Harvard trailed midway through the first set, 12-10, but responded to score six of the next nine points to take a three-point lead, 16-13. Zimmick notched a pair of solo blocks to spark the run, and the Crimson would go on to take the set, 25-23.
The Crimson held the lead for nearly the entire second frame, and held a 20-16 lead late in the period. Not going away silently, George Mason rattled off a six-point run to take the lead, and though Harvard would tie the score at 24-24, the Patriots notched the final two points to level the match at 1-1.
Not allowing a repeat of the second set, Harvard used a seven-point run at the end of the third stanza to take a 2-1 match advantage. With the set knotted at 17-17, Brad Gretsch and Clemens initiated the sequence with kills through the Mason defense, and solo blocks from Zimmick and Clemens put the game out of reach.
Harvard jumped out to an early lead, 9-5, in the fourth period behind three points from Clemens. The Patriots would not get any closer for the remainder of the match, as the Crimson finished by scoring six of the final seven points to earn its fourth conference victory of the season.
Harvard returns home to the Malkin Athletic Center April 3-4 with EIVA clashes against Princeton and NJIT.