George Mason Forces Men's Volleyball into a Fourth Set as the Crimson Top the Patriots, 3-1

George Mason Forces Men's Volleyball into a Fourth Set as the Crimson Top the Patriots, 3-1

Dow matched his career-high with six kills (Zack Williamson).

FAIRFAX, Va. – In its second match of the weekend at George Mason, the Harvard men's volleyball team turned in a team effort to earn a 3-1 victory on Saturday evening at the Recreation & Athletic Complex. The triumph came by set scores of 25-18, 25-15, 15-25, and 25-23.

Branden Clemens recorded a team-high 11 kills and 11 digs, good for his ninth double-double and 10th match this season with double-digit kills. Brad Gretsch and Casey White finished with eight kills apiece, while Trevor Dow contributed six.

Marko Kostich also turned in his second double-double, dishing out 33 assists to go with 10 digs.

The Patriot's Jack Wilson tallied a match-high 15 kills, as Johnny Gomez finished with a match-high 19 digs.

With the win, Harvard (6-5, 3-1 EIVA) now sits tied for second in conference play with Sacred Heart, while George Mason (5-8, 1-2 EIVA) is sixth. Along with the Crimson climbing the conference ranks, Clemens continues to climb Harvard's career leaderboard where he now ranks fifth in digs (439) and seventh in block assists (137). 

Clinging to a one-point lead in the first set, Harvard went on a 7-2 run to create separation and open and 18-13 advantage. George Mason pulled to within 20-17, but would get no closer as the Crimson closed the frame with a 5-1 stretch, 25-18.

Harvard out-hit George Mason .348 to .000 in the second set, and used an 8-0 run to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 10-3 lead. The Crimson stretched its advantage to 10 points late in the set, 19-9, and cruised to set point on a White kill, 25-15.

Harvard was unable to sustain its momentum into the third set as the Patriots led beginning to end, taking the frame by a 10-point margin, 25-15.

The fourth set saw 12 tied scores and three lead changes, as the teams went wire to wire. Trailing 20-19, the Crimson went on a 4-0 run to jump in front, 23-20. A kill by Moore put the score at 24-21, and Harvard withstood a late rally by the Patriots to take match point on Moore's fourth kill of the night, 25-23.

The Crimson travels to Princeton next Friday, Feb. 26 for a 7 p.m. matchup, before playing at NJIT Saturday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m.