Senior Matt Jones led the Crimson to a 3-2 victory over George Mason on Friday night.
FAIRFAX, Va.- The Harvard men's volleyball team upended George Mason, 3-2, improving 10-2 and 4-2 in the conference. Harvard came back from 2-1 deficit, winning the final two stanzas to seal the victory. The stellar offense of Matt Jones led the way for the Crimson, as he tallied 20 kills in the win.
Harvard took the first set 25-18 but George Mason was able to edge the Crimson 25-22, and 25-23, to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Harvard stormed back in the fourth stanza taking down the Patriots 25-20 to force a deciding fifth set.
In the final set George Mason jumped out to an early 6-2 lead with the help of four Harvard attack errors. Sophomore Will Chambers responded with a kill to cut it to 6-3, but the Patriots didn't relent , pushing the score to 10-6. Harvard mounted a comeback however, going on a 6-2 run, to even the score at 12-12. The two squads traded points as there were three tied marks in the next six points. With the score 15-15, Harvard took control as freshman DJ White slammed down a kill and an attack error by Michael Kvidahl clinched the set, 17-15 and the match 3-2 for the Crimson.
Jones paced the Crimson in kills with 20 while White followed close behind with 15. The Crimson had a good defensive showing registering 10 blocks with freshman Caleb Zimmick leading the team with seven while Rob Lothman had his best day of the season, recording 53 helpers. Sophomore Chris Gibbons was also a big contributor for the Crimson finishing the match with 23 digs. Kvidhal had the Patriots best day offensively, tallying 17 kills, while Pete Cupperunull dished out 40 assists, and Piotr Dabrowski had three blocks, good for the team lead.
Harvard will now head to Princeton, N.J., to take on the Tigers in an afternoon matinee. The match is slated for 4 p.m.