Men’s Volleyball Cruises to 3-0 Victory Over Princeton

Men’s Volleyball Cruises to 3-0 Victory Over Princeton

Clemens tallies his 11th match of the season with double-digit kills (Zack Williamson).

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard men's volleyball team extended its win streak to four with a 3-0 victory over Princeton Friday night at Dillon Gymnasium. The triumph came by set scores of 30-28, 25-21 and 25-20.

Senior Branden Clemens recorded a match-high 16 kills and a .500 hitting percentage, good for his 11th contest with double-digit kills this season. Brad Gretsch and Riley Moore finished with eight kills apiece, while Trevor Dow contributed a career-high six blocks. Marko Kostich also turned in 33 assists in the victory. 

The Tiger's Devin Stearns tallied a team-high 11 kills, as Chris Kennedy dished out 28 assists.

With the win, Harvard (7-5, 4-1 EIVA) remains second in the conference behind Penn State, while Princeton (2-3, 2-8 EIVA) is fifth.

The Crimson opened the match with a 4-1 lead, including three blocks, but Princeton answered quickly with a 10-2 run, putting the Tigers on top, 10-6. Harvard knotted the set at 19-19 when Clemens recorded his fourth kill of the match. The set would be tied five more times, but Harvard solidified the frame, 30-28, with a kill by Clemens and an attack error by the Tigers.

Harvard out-hit Princeton .500 to .314 in the second set, and used a 7-2 run to turn an 11-10 deficit into a 16-13 lead. The Crimson stretched its advantage to five points late in the set, 21-16, and cruised to set point on a Moore kill, 25-21.

Harvard led from beginning to end in the third set. A kill by Gretsch put the Crimson up by eight, 13-5. The Tigers eventually pulled within four, 20-14, but Harvard did not relent and took the match, 25-20, on Moore's eighth kill of the night.

The Crimson continues conference play as it travels to Newark, New Jersey for a 4 p.m. matchup against NJIT tomorrow evening.