DJ White notched 11 kills and seven digs in the set back (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite winning the first set 25-23, the No. 13 Harvard men's volleyball team could not rally a victory in the ensuing three sets as No. 11 Lewis defeated the Crimson, 3-1, at the Malkin Athletic Center Friday night.
Junior DJ White and freshman Casey White led the attack with 11 kills each, as senior Nick Madden rattled off seven kills. DJ White, who posted a .400 hitting percentage, also added seven digs and a block on the defensive side with freshman Nick Bendell notching 36 assists and three digs.
Three Flyers recorded double-digit kills led by sophomore Eric Fitterer's 18-kill effort. Redshirt-junior Geoff Powell added 15 kills while junior Greg Petty tallied 11 kills.
The match started as a back-and-forth affair early in the first set with neither team taking a definitive lead. Harvard (0-2) made a surge behind a 7-2 run which included two kills by DJ White to give the Crimson an 11-5 lead. Another 7-2 stretch by Harvard moved the score to 17-14, but Lewis fought back with five straight points, tying the stanza, 19-19. After the teams traded points, the Crimson put the set away, 25-23.
Harvard stayed close with Lewis through the midway point of the second set before the Flyers pulled away for a 25-16 victory. A quick start in the third set led to a 9-3 Lewis advantaged, and the Flyers remained out in front to score set point, 25-17.
It was all Lewis in the fourth as the Flyers opened a 7-3 advantage. Harvard battled back to within two points, 10-8, but the Flyers found and answer and registered match point, 25-14.
Harvard will be back in action tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 25, when it welcomes No. 2 Loyola Chicago to Cambridge.