Men's Volleyball Returns to AVCA Poll at No. 15

The Crimson returned to the AVCA rankings after knocking off No. 9 Penn State and St. Francis (Pa.) (Ben Barnhart).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following what is arguably the biggest victory in Harvard men's volleyball history, the Crimson has entered the AVCA Div. I-II Poll for the first time this season at No. 15.

Harvard led the weekend off with a thrilling straight set victory over No. 9 Penn State, earning the program's first victory against the Nittany Lions and ending PSU's 51-match win streak against EIVA opponents. The Crimson hit a season-high .457 on the night and were led by DJ White, who was named the EIVA's Offensive Player of the Week Monday. White scored 13 kills to go with a .500 hitting percentage, and also added five digs as Harvard limited Penn State to a .244 percentage.

The Crimson completed its weekend with a sweep of St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday. White again led the way with 12 kills while Chris Gibbons paced the defensive efforts with 11 digs.

Harvard improved to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in the EIVA with the victories, and sits just one-half game behind George Mason for first place in the conference standings. The Crimson are also 3-0 at home and has won seven straight at the Malkin Athletic Center dating back to last year.

The Crimson earned the first national ranking in program history last year in week 14 of the season and remained in the poll at No. 15 for the final four weeks.