LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Harvard men's volleyball team (5-10, 5-2 EIVA) battled USC (5-14) to four sets Sunday night, March 11, at the Galen Center. The Trojans took the opening set to hold an initial 1-0 lead, but Harvard answered with a strong set of its own to even the score at 1-1. After a closely contested third set and despite taking the Trojans into extra points in the final set, the Crimson fell 3-1 by set scores of 20-25, 25-21, 23-25 and 26-28.
Erik Johnsson was a solid contributor for the Crimson attack, posting a team-high .545 hitting percentage off six kills and zero errors. Senior Brad Gretsch registered double-digits in kills, almost matching his career-high with a team-leading 17. Adding five kills and only one error, Marko Kostich aided Harvard's offense with 16 assists and two service aces. Matthew Ctvrtlik had 24 of the Crimson's 42 total digs tonight, helping Harvard hit for .407 in the final frame.
Chase Howard tallied 10 digs against the Trojan's offense, while Kostich and Gretsch both added six apiece. Gretsch put up five blocks, while Trevor Dow stopped USC five times at the net. The Crimson nearly matched the Trojan's on the stat sheet, tallying 13 blocks to their 15 and 35 digs to their 41. The score would tie 28 times throughout the match.
Harvard will wrap up its trip to California tonight, March 12, facing No. 14 Concordia Irvine at 10 p.m. (EST).