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Men's Volleyball Falls to No. 14 Penn State in EIVA Championship

The Crimson fell to Penn State in the 2013 EIVA Tournament final Saturday night (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In its first appearance in the EIVA title match, the Harvard men's volleyball team fell to reigning champion, No. 14 Penn State, 3-0, at Rec Hall on Saturday night. The Crimson concludes the season at 18-9, while the Nittany Lions improved to 23-7 record in securing the league's NCAA bid.

Sophomore DJ White led the team with 9.5 points on nine kills and a block assist, but classmate Caleb Zimmick was Harvard's most efficient attacker for the second match in a row. The Middleton, Wisc., native went 6-for-7 with one error and had a team-high two block assists. The duo was named to the 2013 EIVA All-Tournament Team for their performances this week.

Junior Nick Madden also registered six kills and team-best six digs, while senior setter Rob Lothman distributed 25 assists. Lothman concludes his career as the Crimson's all-time assists leader with 3,043 helpers.

The Crimson began the match trading points with Penn State, but the Nittany Lions put long stretches of points together to take the first set, 25-16.

Harvard came out battling in the second set, but at 8-9 Penn State used its .833 second-set hitting percentage to break away and take the two-game lead, 25-16.

The Crimson found itself down four, 7-3, early in the thirdset, but used kills from White and blocks by junior Kyle Rehkemper to fight back within two, 8-6. Harvard remained competitive until 16-13, when Penn State sparked a 9-3 run to close out the match 25-16.

The loss concludes the 2013 season for the Harvard men's volleyball team.