Jones was tied for the team lead in kills with seven, but was unable to find an answer for No. 5 Penn State, dropping the contest, 3-0. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team struggled against the efficient attack of No. 5 Penn State, dropping its second match of the season, 3-0. With the loss Harvard falls to 6-2 and 1-2 in conference play.
Penn State jumped on the Crimson again in the second stanza, as Sunder made it 5-2. Harvard fought back making it 5-4, off a Caleb Zimmick kill and an attack error by Sunder, but Penn State scored five of the next eight points to make it 10-7. The Nittany Lions extended its lead to 15-10 off an attack error by Matt Jones, prompting a Harvard timeout. The break didn't halt the Penn State's momentum as it scored the next five points pushing the lead to 20-10. The Nittany Lions didn't look back in the set, dispatching the Crimson 25-13.
In the third set Harvard looked to rebound as it took an early 8-6 advantage off a service error by Sunder. Two service aces from Nick Turko put Penn State up 9-8, but Harvard responded, knotting it up off a kill by Zimmick. The two teams continued to battle as the score was tied three times before a Nick Goodell kill put the Nittany Lions up 14-13. That kill would spark the Penn State offense going on an 11-3 run to clinch the set, 25-17 and the match, 3-0.
Harvard will next play EIVA opponent, Saint Francis (Pa.), on Saturday afternoon. The match is slated for 4 p.m.