Posted: Apr 13, 2018
FAIRFAX, Va. - Despite five hotly contested sets and a valiant effort, the Harvard men's volleyball team dropped a 3-2 decision to George Mason tonight, April 13, at the Recreation and Athletic Complex. The Crimson saw its six-match win streak snapped by set scores of 22-25, 29-27, 27-25, 25-27 and 11-15. Harvard now owns an 11-12 overall record and 10-3 conference mark to remain in second place in the EIVA standings.
Senior Brad Gretsch recorded his second double-double of the season with a career-high 23 kills and 11 digs in tonight's battle against the Patriots to hit .312 on the night, while both Trevor Dow and Marko Kostich tallied nine each. Kostich nearly registered a triple-double, adding 24 assists and nine digs to his tally, while Matthew Ctvrtlik was a solid contributor all over the court with a team-best 26 assists, seven digs and five kills.
Defensively, junior Erik Johnsson led the back court with 13 digs, while sophomore Jack Connolly recorded a career-high 10.
Harvard matched George Mason on the scoresheet as the Patriots narrowly outhit the Crimson .212 to .188. Both squads recorded five service aces each, while the Patriots notched 14 blocks to the Crimson's 13, four of which came from Riley Moore.
Harvard will face George Mason again tomorrow night, April 14, in its final regular season match. With tonight's win, the Patriots secured home court advantage for the 2018 EIVA Tournament.