Harvard wraps up its opening road stretch with a 4-2 record (Gil Talbot).
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – In its final game of the 2011 Bryant Invitational, the Harvard volleyball team ran into a strong Maryland-Eastern Shore squad, dropping a 3-0 match to the Hawks Saturday afternoon. The Crimson wraps up its season-opening six-game road stretch with a 4-2 record.
Harvard fell behind early in the opening set and couldn't keep pace with an efficient UMES attack. The Hawks put down 18 kills in the opening frame to Harvard's five, taking a 1-0 set lead with a 25-18 final in the first. The second set yielded a different start as the Crimson leapt out to a 3-0 lead and held that advantage midway through the match at 15-12. A trio of Hawk aces sparked a 7-1 run that Harvard couldn't recover from, as UMES captured the set, 25-19, for a 2-0 lead in the match.
With the teams tied at 6-6 in the third, Maryland-Eastern Shore took a one-point lead and held it through the midsection of the match. The Hawks earned some more breathing room with a 6-0 run that saw them take a 16-10 lead, and they maintained that lead en route to a 25-16 set win, giving them a 3-0 match victory.
Harvard kicks off its home schedule Tuesday as it welcomes New Hampshire to the Malkin Athletic Center for a 7 p.m. match.