Clemens tallied his sixth career double-double against No. 8 Lewis (Gil Talbot).
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Harvard men's volleyball dropped its opening match of the 2016 season to No. 8 Lewis after five tough sets, 3-2. The loss came by set scores of 19-25, 25-22, 25-23, 14-25 and 8-15.
Harvard (0-1) was led by senior Branden Clemens who recorded his first double-double of the season, sixth of his career, with 14 kills and a career-high 13 digs. Classmate Alec Schlossman contriubuted a career-best 12 kills of his own while sophomore Riley Moore added eight hills and six blocks.
Lewis (2-0) totaled a .224 hitting percentage while seeing Julian Moses and Mitch Perinar contribute 21 kills and 10 kills, respectively.
The Flyers came out controlling the court as they took the first set but only after the Crimson was able to knot the score up six times. The teams fought for the victory until Lewis broke away mid-set scoring six-straight points, for a 19-13 lead before taking it by a score of 25-19.
The second set saw 12 ties before the Crimson went on a 4-1 run to even the match at one set apiece, 1-1.
Harvard opened the third stanza with a 3-0 lead, but a 5-1 run would give Lewis its first lead of the set, 5-4. The Crimson was able to regain the edge and held a 22-19 advantage late before the Flyers charged back again to go in front, 23-22. Harvard responded, however, scoring three straight points to take the victory, 25-23.
Lewis rebounded in the fourth set and evened the match with a 25-14 win. Despite a 5-1 stretch that put the Crimson on top 7-6 in the fifth, the momentum remained with the Flyers as Lewis closed it out with seven unanswered points for set point, 15-8.