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Harvard Men's Volleyball Pushes No. 7 Penn State to Fifth Set but Falls 3-2

Sophomore Nick Madden was second on the team in kills in Saturday's contest, tallying 15 during Harvard's 3-2 loss to Penn State (Gil Talbot)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.
– the Harvard men's volleyball (17-4, 9-3) pushed No. 7 Penn State to a fifth set but fell to the Nittany Lions 3-2 on Saturday afternoon. Senior Matt Jones led the team with 18 kills in the defeat.

Harvard jumped on Penn State early grabbing victories in the first two sets, 25-20 and 25-21 however The Nittany Lions came roaring back, as they took the next two sets 25-13, 25-21.

In the fifth stanza the Nittany Lions staked themselves a 4-2 lead as Nick Goodell and Aaron Russell notched kills. A service error by Peter Russell and a Jones kill evened the score at 4-4. Penn State didn't relent however, going on a 6-3 run to go up 10-7. A kill by sophomore Nick Madden made it 13-10 Penn State but the Nittany Lions scored the next two points to take the set 15-10 and the match 3-2.

Jones paced Harvard in offense with 18 kills while Madden had 15. Junior Rob Lothman dished out 43 assists while sophomore Chris Gibbons secured 13 digs. Sophomores Will Chambers and Michael Owen both had three blocks apiece.

Nick Goodell registered 22 kills while Joe Sunder followed behind with 17. Edgardo Goas 59 assists paced the Nittany Lions while Sunder led Penn State with 11 digs. Aaron Russell had three blocks on the afternoon, good for the team lead.

Harvard will play in its final two games of the regular season next weekend when it takes on NJIT and Rutgers-Newark next Friday and Saturday, respectively. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m.