Men’s Volleyball Surpasses King in Final Match of the Outrigger Resorts Invitational, 3-0

Men’s Volleyball Surpasses King in Final Match of the Outrigger Resorts Invitational, 3-0

Kostich recorded four service aces in the Crimson's first victory (Gil Talbot).

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Harvard men's volleyball recorded its first win of the 2016 season in its final match of the Outrigger Resorts Invitational against King (Tenn.) in three-straight sets with scores of 25-12, 25-16 and 25-17. With the win, the Crimson improved to 1-2 while the Tornado dropped to 0-3 overall.

Senior Branden Clemens was named to the Outrigger Resorts Invitational All-Tournament Team following the conclusion of play after averaging 3.18 kills and 2.00 digs.

Harvard out-hit King .474 to .093 in the three-set match on Sunday evening.Clemens led the way with 11 kills while classmate Alex Schlossman added eight of his own. Marko Kostich, meanwhile, dished out 30 assists to go with a career-best four service aces as the Crimson totaled 10 aces for the day. 

Match leaders for King included Jeff Sprayberry and Matthew Lychock with six kills apiece.

Harvard and King traded points briefly in the first set until a 10-2 run put the Crimson in front 17-7. Harvard extended its margin to 21-9 with four-consecutive kills, and closed out the stanza 25-12 after Schlossman tallied his fourth kill of the set.

Harvard had an early 6-1 upper hand in the second set after a 5-0 run with Casey White serving. The Crimson continued to dominate and led by as many as 11 points, 21-10, finishing the frame with a .464 hitting percentage compared to the Tornado's .167, en route to the 25-16 victory.

Harvard and King battled back-and-forth in the third set and found themselves tied at 12-12 midway through. The Crimson ultimately ran away with the set, however, using an 8-1 run down the stretch to take match points following three-consecutive services aces from Marko Kostitch, 25-17.

Harvard will next travel to Indiana for a match at Ball St. on Friday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. before facing IPFW on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 4 p.m.