Men’s Volleyball Topples Charleston (W.Va.), 3-1

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.

Brad Gretsch recorded a match-high 15 kills, as teammate Branden Clemens followed with 14 kills, good for his 16th match with double-digit kills this season. Trevor Dow recorded a career-high five aces in the victory, while the team dominated the service line with a season-high 12 aces. The last time the Crimson tallied 12 aces was during its 3-0 win over Rutgers-Newark on April 13, 2013.
Charleston's Byron Hurd was the only Golden Eagle with double-digit kills, registering 12 with a .611 hitting percentage.

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.

Harvard and Charleston return to the Malkin Athletic Center for their second meeting of the season tomorrow with first serve at 4 p.m. The match will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.