Men’s Volleyball Concludes Season Falling to George Mason in EIVA Semifinal

Men’s Volleyball Concludes Season Falling to George Mason in EIVA Semifinal

Harvard has posted five-consecutive winning seasons (Gil Talbot). 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Fighting for its second EIVA Championship match appearance in the last four years, the third-seeded Harvard men's volleyball team's season came to a close as second-seeded George Mason blanked the Crimson, 3-0. The defeat came by set scores of 25-11, 25-21, and 25-21. 

Harvard's (13-11, 9-6 EIVA) Branden Clemens led the offense with nine kills, while Alec Schlossman followed with eight kills of his own and two blocks. Riley Moore also had two blocks, while Marko Kostich notched 21 assists and one ace.  

George Mason's (17-11, 10-4 EIVA) attack was led by Paco Velez and Christian Malias, who recorded 11 kills apiece. Three Patriots, including Velez, Garrett Kollar, and Brian Negron, recorded three blocks each, while Negron also contributed 35 assists.

The Patriots got off to a quick start beginning with an early seven-point lead, 13-6, and continued attacking the net with a 13-5 run to close the first frame, 25-11. 

Harvard started off the second set with a quick 3-1 run, but George Mason took the lead with a 6-2 run, 7-5. The Crimson was able to knot the frame twice before the Patriots extended its lead to four, 23-19,  before taking the second frame, 25-21. 

The final set was tied eight times with two lead changes before George Mason went on a 10-4 run to give it a six-point advantage, 21-14. The Crimson came within three, 24-21, but the Patriots ended up on top winning the set, 25-21.

Harvard ended its season with a 13-11 overall mark, making it the fifth-straight season with a winning record.