Men’s Volleyball Takes Down Holy Names, 3-0

Gretsch recorded a career-high five aces in the victory (Zack Williamson). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The Harvard men's volleyball team rolled to a three-set victory over Holy Names Friday at the Malkin Athletic Center by set scores of 25-12, 25-21 and 27-25. 

Branden Clemens led the charge as he reached his 14th match this season with double-digit kills recording 14. Clemens also notched nine digs and three service aces. Brad Gretsch contributed 11 kills and a career-high five service aces, while Marko Kostich dished out 39 assists. 

Clemens is now ranked fifth on Harvard's (9-6, 5-2 EIVA) all-time kills list with 788 and tied for fifth in aces with 67.

Holy Names' (1-16) offense was led by Conan True who recorded a team-high seven kills, while teammate Trevor Robison recorded 20 assists.

The Crimson started the first set off with a 7-3 run and kept the lead throughout the rest of the frame. Harvard out-hit the Hawks .435 to .000 and used a 9-0 run, where Gretsch recorded three aces, to end the frame, 25-12.

The Hawks took its first lead of the match as it opened the second set with a 3-1 run. Harvard responded with a 10-4 run, putting the Crimson on top 11-7. Despite Holy Names' late 6-1 run, 22-19, the Crimson held on as Trevor Dow recorded the final point of the set, 25-21.

The third set was even more dramatic as the teams found themselves tied 10 times and six lead changes. Holy Names appeared to have the upper hand as an 11-4 run put the score at 13-10 in the Hawks' favor, but Harvard responded with a 7-3 run, to put it back on top 17-16 after the Crimson took a timeout. The teams battled through four more lead changes and eight additional tied scores before a kill by Jack Heavey created an opening that Kostich took advantage of, dumping the ball over the Hawks' defense for the 27-25 win. 

Harvard will be back in action Monday at the Malkin Athletic Center as it welcomes Cal Baptist for a 7 p.m., which will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.