Men's Volleyball Blanks Sacred Heart in Three Sets, 3-0

White posted a career-high 21 digs in the triumph (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team rolled to a three-set win over Sacred Heart Saturday evening at the Malkin Athletic Center with set scores of 25-19, 25-21 and 25-20. 

Harvard's (8-6, 5-2 EIVA) victory was an all-around team effort led by Branden Clemens with 11 kills. Casey White contributed nine kills, while Riley Moore and Brad Gretsch each chipped in eight kills apiece. Marko Kostich dished out a match-high 39 assists, while White posted a career-high 21 digs. Moore posted a career-high .800 hitting percentage (8-0-10), while also recording a match-high four blocks in the triumph. 

With the win, Harvard remains second in the conference. Along with a high mark in the standings, the Crimson's Clemens climbed Harvard's career leaderboard where he now ranks sixth in kills with 774 and teammate White jumped two spots and sits sixth in digs with 432. 

Sacred Heart (3-11, 3-4 EIVA) saw Michael Comens and Chris Delucie in double-digits tallying 13 and 12 kills, respectively.

The two teams battled evenly in the opening set as neither team held more than a two-point advantage, and the lead was exchanged two times. A hitting percentage of .062 and 8 errors by the Pioneers proved to be the difference, as the Crimson fended off NJIT in the first set, 25-19. 

The Pioneers opened up the second set with two-straight points, 2-0, but Harvard would not go down without a fight. With a 13-4 run, the Crimson opened up the frame with its largest lead of the match, 17-10, including a Gretsch service ace and kills by White, Moore, Clemens, and Trevor Dow. Sacred Heart bounced back with five-straight points closing the gap to two, 17-15, but the Crimson persisted as the set closed in an 8-6 scoring effort in favor of Harvard, 25-21. 

The final set saw four lead changes and nine ties as Clemens recorded five of his 11 kills in the frame. The Pioneers saw its biggest run of the match, 8-2, as it held a four-point lead, 17-13. The Crimson knotted the set at 17-17 before Sacred Heart called a timeout. A 7-4 run gave Harvard match point, 25-21. 

The Crimson welcomes non-conference opponent Holy Names on Friday, March 11 for a 7 p.m. match, which will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.