Men’s Volleyball Downs Princeton in Three on Senior Night

Clemens, Schlossman and Bent were honored before the match (Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team topped Princeton in a 3-0 victory Friday night at the Malkin Athletic Center, winning the Ivy League Men's Volleyball Championship. The win came with set scores of 25-17, 25-18 and 25-18.

Prior to the match, Harvard recognized its three graduating seniors; Branden Clemens, Alec Schlossman and Alister Bent. Clemens now ranks fourth on Harvard's leaderboard with 565 kills.

Clemens recorded a team-high 10 kills and a .667 hitting percentage, good for his 18th contest with double-digit kills this season. Casey White and Schlossman followed Clemens with nine kills. Four Crimson finished with a match-high four blocks apiece including Marko Kostich, Brad Gretsch, Riley Moore and Clemens.

The Tigers' Devin Stearns tallied a match-high 13 kills and he also notched a team-high three blocks on the night.

With the win, Harvard (12-10, 8-5 EIVA) ranks fourth among the conference, while Princeton (3-18, 3-18 EIVA) places seventh.

After the Tigers knotted the first set at four, the Crimson went on a 9-6 run, extending its lead to five, 13-8. Princeton was unable to see a lead in the first frame as Harvard closed the set with a 6-2 run, including a big block by Kostich and Gretsch for a 25-17 advantage.

Harvard out-hit Princeton .550 to .292 in the second set, and used a 9-0 run to turn a 9-7 deficit into a 16-9 lead. The Tigers would only be able to come within five, 19-14, as the Crimson dominated defensively with 10 total blocks.

The third set saw seven tied scores and two lead changes as the Crimson only allowed the Tigers to have a one-point advantage early in the frame, 4-3.  A solo block by White, put Harvard up by three, 15-12, and the Crimson took match point with an 11-6 run, which ended with White's ninth kill of the night.

The Crimson plays in its final conference match of the season tomorrow at the Malkin Athletic Center hosting NJIT. The battle for a spot in the EIVA Tournament will begin at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.