Clemens and his partner reached the quarterfinals of the 2016 World University Championships (photo courtesy Credit 24 Volley).
Pärnu, Estonia – Recent Harvard graduate Branden Clemens '16 placed 14th in the beach volleyball competition over the weekend at the 2016 World University Championships.
Clemens and his partner, Brendan Duff out of Orange Coast College, were seeded 23rd in the tournament and finished pool play in Pool G with a 1-2 record. Advancing to the elimination bracket, the duo defeated the 18th-seeded pair out of Estonia 2-0 (21-17, 21-18) to reach the quarterfinals where they were tripped up by the seventh-seeded team from Spain, 2-1 (21-17, 14-21, 13-15). An injury forfeit in their next match allowed Clemens and Duff to move on to Round 2 before falling to the fourth-seeded squad out of Austria, 2-0 (12-21, 14-21). The pair wrapped up competition in the 13th-place match, falling to the 16th-ranked duo from Australia, 2-0 (19-21, 15-21).
One of the top student-athletes in Harvard's recent history, Clemens earned his place at the World University Championships after an outstanding senior campaign in which he was named AVCA All-America honorable mention, All-EIVA first team, and to the EIVA All-Academic team. The Carmel, Indiana native is third in digs (504), fourth in kills (892), fifth in service aces (77), sixth in solo blocks (30), seventh in block assists (165), and ninth in total blocks (195) in Harvard's all-time record book.