Men’s Volleyball Powers Past George Mason, 3-0

Men’s Volleyball Powers Past George Mason, 3-0

Gretsch tallied his first career double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs (Zack Williamson).

FAIRFAX, Va.- The Harvard men's volleyball team rolled to a three-set victory over George Mason Friday night to open its two-game series against the Patriots by set scores of 26-24, 40-38 and 25-22.

Three Crimson student-athletes reached double-digit kills including Brad Gretsch with 12, Branden Clemens with 11, and Casey White with 10. Marko Kostich dished out 41 assists, while Riley Moore and Trevor Dow each registered four blocks.

Clemens added 13 digs for his eighth double-double of the year, while Gretsch tallied his first with 10 digs. Dow also ended the night with a career-high hitting percentage with an .833 clip (5-0-6).

Clemens is now ranked fifth on Harvard's (5-5, 2-1 EIVA) all-time digs list with 428 and tied for seventh in block assists with 126.

George Mason's (6-6, 1-1 EIVA) offense was led by Radoslav Popov who recorded a match-high 19 kills, while teammate Paco Velez recorded 11 kills.

Despite tying the score six times, Harvard did not hold a lead in the first set until it counted most. Trailing, 24-22, the Crimson rallied to score four-straight points and steal the set, taking its first lead on a Gretsch ace, 25-24, before earning set point on a White kill, 26-24.

The second set was even more dramatic as the teams found themselves tied 20 times and 11 lead changes. Harvard appeared to have the upper hand as a 4-0 run put the score at 23-20 in the Crimson's favor, but George Mason responded to even the frame again at 24-all. The teams battled through 12 more lead changes and 14 additional tied score before a kill by Gretsch created an opening that Kostich took advantage of, dumping the ball over the Patriots defense for the 40-38 win. 

The back-and-forth continued in the third set until a block by Kostich and Riley Moore capped a 2-0 stretch to give the Crimson a 21-19 edge. An ace by Gretsch moved the score to 23-20, and White capped off the victory with his 10th kill of the evening, 25-22.

Harvard will be back in action tomorrow at George Mason as the teams square off again at 4 p.m. The match will be broadcast on the Patriot Vision.