Erik Johnsson tallied his 200th career kill in tonight's match (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the final home match of the 2017 season, the Harvard men's volleyball team fought a tough battle against No. 12 Penn State. The Nittany Lions earned the win in three sets, with scores of 25-22, 25-20 and 25-21.
The Nittany Lions (17-10, 9-3 EIVA) escaped with an early lead, 14-6, but the Crimson caught up with kills from White and Dow, 15-11. Trevor Dow split the Nittany Lion defense with a kill to bring the Crimson within three points, 17-14, but Penn State captured the set point with a block from Kevin Gear and Luke Braswell.
Both teams traded points for the first 16 points of the second stanza, until a kill from Marko Kostich gave the Crimson the momentum to begin a 6-1 run, leading the Nittany Lions by three points, 14-11. Penn State fought back to tie the set at 15 apiece, but consecutive kills from the Nittany Lions pushed them ahead, 18-16. Although White and Kostich earned kills in the last stretch of the set, the Crimson fell to the Nittany Lions, 25-20.
The Nittany Lions jetted off with a 6-4 lead early in the third set, but three consecutive attacking errors gave the Crimson the advantage, 7-6. The two teams went points for point for the next four serves, but a block from Calvin Mende and Matt Callaway pushed the Nittany Lions ahead 13-10. Harvard pressed back with three consecutive points, including a block from Dow and Johnsson, but the Nittany Lions capitalized on two Harvard attacking errors to gain a three-point lead, 20-17. Penn State took the third set, 25-21.
Harvard will close out its regular season on the road, facing Princeton on April 14 at 7 p.m. and NJIT on April 15 at 4 p.m.
For a full archive of tonight's match, please see the Ivy League Digital Network.