Dow earned five of Harvard's 12 aces (Zack Williamson).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its first matchup against Charleston (W.Va.), the Harvard men's volleyball team turned in a team effort to earn a 3-1 victory on Friday night at the Malkin Athletic Center. The triumph came by set scores of 25-13, 21-25, 25-21, 25-14.
With the win, Harvard (10-8, 6-3 EIVA) now sits third in conference play, while Charleston (4-20, 0-11 EIVA) is last. Along with the Crimson climbing the conference ranks, Clemens now sits fifth on Harvard's career leaderboard with 69 aces.
Clinging to a one-point lead in the first set, Harvard went on an 11-3 run to create separation and open a 15-7 advantage. Charleston recorded four more points before the Crimson finished the set with three-straight points, 25-17.
Harvard's three-point lead in the second set, 8-5, was not enough as the Golden Eagles took off with an 11-1 run, opening the frame, 16-9. The Crimson knotted the set at 21 off a Gretsch block, but four-straight points from Charleston tied the match up at one set apiece.
Harvard out-hit Charleston .583 to .333 in the third set, and used a 7-1 run to turn a 15-14 deficit into a 21-16 lead. The Golden Eagles' persisted as they recorded five more points to the Crimson's four, but was unable to take the set as Harvard secured the set, 25-21.
The fourth set saw the Crimson's largest lead of 12, 22-10, off an error by the Golden Eagles as Harvard clinched match point off another error by Charleston, 25-14.