ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

No. 14 Men's Volleyball Falls in Straight Sets at George Mason

Gibbons recorded 12 digs as the Crimson's win streak came to an end (Ben Barnhart).

FAIRFAX, Va. – The No. 14 Harvard men's volleyball team saw its six-match win streak come to an end Friday as George Mason swept the Crimson on its home court. The loss came by set scores of 25-20, 25-19 and 25-19.

DJ White led the attack for Harvard (9-3, 5-2 EIVA) with 11 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Caleb Zimmick turned in nine kills and a .429 hitting percentage while also picking up a team-best three blocks. Rob Lothman dished out 26 assists to go with eight digs as Chris Gibbons registered 12 digs.

George Mason (6-7, 4-2 EIVA) hit a combined .323 led by Mark Jones and Michael Kvidahl who each scored 14 kills. The Crimson, by comparison, were limited to a .147 hitting percentage thanks to 8.5 blocks by the Patriots.

Harvard held a slim 10-8 advantage in the first set before a 6-1 run by George Mason put the home team in front, 14-11. The Patriot maintained their margin throughout the remainder of the frame and closed it out with three straight kills for set point, 25-20.

The Crimson again led near the midway point of set two, 11-10, but could not sustain its edge. George Mason overtook Harvard for a 12-11 lead, then extended its margin to 15-12. Harvard pulled back within one, 15-14, but was unable to get over the hump as the Patriots closed out the set on a 10-5 stretch.

It was all George Mason in the third as the Patriots jumped out to a 15-7 advantage en route to match point, 25-19.

Harvard returns to the court tomorrow for a 4 p.m. showdown at Princeton.