Dow posted seven stoppers against the Trojans (Gil Talbot).
LOS ANGELES - Despite a comeback in the fourth set to tie the game, Harvard men's volleyball fell in a close battle to No. 14 USC, 3-2. The defeat came by set scores of 16-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 8-15.
Trevor Dow tallied six blocks to lead the Crimson defense, to give the Trojans 17 attack errors. Five members of the Crimson tallied six or more digs during the contest: Kostich (6), White (7), Murphy (6), Ctvrtlik (7) and Johnsson (10).
In the first set, Kostich recorded consecutive services aces to give the Crimson a 4-2 advantage out of the gate. USC went on an 11-3 run to lead the Crimson16-8. Although White and Johnsson netted two kills in the remainder of the first set, the Crimson were unable to gain the point, falling , 25-16.
The two teams traded points through the first 10 points of the set, but a kill from service error from USC started the Crimson on an 8-3 run, to lead the Trojans 16-10. A kill from Kostich helped put the final stamp on the set to tie the match at 1-1.
USC took the lead in the third set, recording a four-point lead at the midway point. Although the Crimson battled back and forth with the Trojans to come within three points, the Trojans capitalized on successive service and ball handling errors to lead 23-16. USC the set with a kill from Connor Inlow, 25-18.
The Crimson took a 9-2 lead in the fourth stanza, after falling the Trojans in the third period. USC battled back to come within two points, 16-18. Matthew Ctvrtlik stepped up for the Crimson and recorded two kills in the remainder of the set to tie the match at two apiece, forcing a decisive fifth set.
Harvard had a chance to put the match away, tied at 7 apiece in the fifth set. USC recorded two consecutive service aces and two kills to take a five-point lead, 12-7. The Trojans capitalized on successive attack errors from the Crimson to take the game, 3-2.
Harvard will return to action on March 24, hosting Sacred Heart at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.