White's 14 kills and 11 digs were good for the team's second double-double of the season, and helped Harvard stun No. 12 Cal State Northridge, 3-1, last night. (Gil Talbot)
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Harvard men's volleyball team defeated a ranked team for the first time under head coach Brian Baise as it downed No. 12 Cal State Northridge, 3-1, in Northridge, Claif., on Saturday night. Three Crimson players had over 10 kills to help Harvard to its 12th win of the season, improving to 12-2 in the campaign.
After the Crimson won the first two sets (25-17, 25-20) the Matadors were able to post a 25-22 win in the third set to stave off elimination.
In the fourth stanza, freshman DJ White registered a kill to even the score at 5-5 and helped to spark a 5-1 Crimson run, which forced a Cal State Northridge timeout. Harvard was able to extend its lead to 14-9 later in the set on back-to-back attack errors from the Matadors forcing Cal State Northridge to use its second timeout. Out of the break the Matadors went on a 4-2 run cutting the deficit to 16-13 with the help of two kills from Julius Hoefer. The two teams continued to trade points as senior Matt Jones slammed down a kill to push the score to 20-17. The Matadors battled hard down the stretch but Harvard was able to record five of the next 10 points to seal the set 25-22 and take the match 3-1.
Jones, White and sophomore Nick Madden all tallied over 10 kills as the trio recorded 16, 14 and 14, respectively. To go along with his 14 kills, White also led the team with 11 digs, recording Harvard's second double-double of the season. Junior Rob Lothman dished out 46 assists while sophomore Michael Owen paced the Crimson in blocks, tallying four of the team's 13 blocks.
The Matadors were led by Brandon Lebrock who had 12 kills during the match. Danny Rodrick paced Cal State Northridge with 27 assists, while Charlie Condron led the squad with 11 digs. Four players tied for the team lead in blocks in the Matadors defensive effort as Drew Staker, Jared Moore, Travis Magorien, and Kyle Stevenson all registered two during the day.
Harvard will continue its California road trip on Monday when it takes on No. 8 Pepperdine slated for 10 p.m. EST. The Crimson will wrap up its road swing on Tuesday when it faces Cal Baptist also slated for 10 p.m. EST.