Harvard Falls to No. 11 Penn State in Three Sets

Harvard Falls to No. 11 Penn State in Three Sets

Dow notched four blocks in the Crimson's loss (Gil Talbot).

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The Harvard men's volleyball team lost in three sets to No. 11 Penn State at Rec Hall Friday night, falling by set scores of 25-23, 25-18 and 25-17.

Harvard's (11-9, 7-4 EIVA) Brad Gretsch, Branden Clemens and Riley Moore each contributed six kills, while Trevor Dow tallied four blocks. Moore registered a match-high .625 hitting percentage, but the Crimson's .152 clip was out-matched by the Nittany Lions' .256.

Penn State's (17-8, 10-1) Chris Nugent was the only player to tally double-digit kills with 10. Matt Seifert followed with nine kills and a match-high five blocks, and Royce Clemens recorded 12 digs.

The Crimson got off to a quick start beginning with a 3-1 run, which included a kill by Clemens.  Harvard extended its lead to 7-4 off another kill by Clemens before Penn State knotted the set at seven with three-straight points. The frame would be tied 10 more times until the score reached 22-22, but the Nittany Lions took the first set, 25-23, off of a 3-1 run.

Harvard tied the second set at seven, but Penn State went on a 5-2 run, off of a kill by Kevin Gear to give the Nittany Lions some breathing room, 12-9. The Crimson stayed within one until Penn State closed the frame with an 8-2 stretch to take the second set, 25-18.

Penn State's 7-1 run in the third set was no match as Harvard never saw the lead for the first time in the contest. The Crimson came within two of the Nittany Lions, 10-8, but a 9-4 Penn State streak gave it its biggest lead of seven. Harvard tallied one more point off a service error by the Nittany Lions, 24-17, however, it was not enough to extend the match to a fourth set as Seifert notched the final point of the game, 25-17.

The Crimson will be back in action tomorrow as it travels to St. Francis for a 4 p.m. matchup.