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Clemens, Schlossman Join Men's Volleyball for 2013

Clemens and Schlossman will join a Crimson squad coming off the best season in program history (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Head men’s volleyball coach Brian Baise has announced the addition of two newcomers for the 2013 season. Branden Clemens, a 6’7” opposite hitter from Carmel, Ind., joins the squad after winning back-to-back state championships while Alec Schlossman, a 6’3” outside hitter from Canyon Country, Calif., comes to Cambridge as a three-time All-Foothill League first team selection.

"Both Branden and Alex come in with a lot of experience playing at the top junior level in the country,” Baise stated. “They're intelligent, savvy players with excellent all-around skills, and I expect them to have an impact on our team from the beginning. We're looking forward to having them on board in the fall."

Branden Clemens, 6’7”, Opposite Hitter/Middle Blocker, Carmel, Ind.
Before Harvard:
Four-year letterwinner and starter at Carmel High School … Named team captain as a junior and senior … Led Carmel High School to back-to-back state championships as a junior and senior … Placed third at the Indiana State Tournament as a freshman and sophomore … Carmel High School finished ranked in the ESPN Fab 50 in 2011 and 2012 … Named Indiana State MVP and to the Indiana State All-Tournament Team as a junior and senior … Won the 2011 AAU Beach U18 National Championship and the 2010 AUU Junior Olympic Games Beach Championship … Took third at the 2011 USA Volleyball Indoor High Performance Championships … Took ninth at the 2011 Junior National Indoor Championships U17 Open Division … Placed fourth at the 2009 Junior Nationals U15 Club Division … Represented the USA at the Russia/USA Bilateral Beach Volleyball Tournament in 2010 … Participated in the High Performance A2 Camp in 2011 … Named the High Performance A3 Camp MVP in 2010 … Selected to the Junior Olympic Games All-Tournament Team Club Division in 2009 … Also named to the Smack Attack and Lafayette Invitational All-Tournament Teams … Ranked among the top 3% for GPA at Carmel High School in 2011 and 2012 … Honored as a Distinguished Graduate and Scholar-Athlete from 2008-12 … Member of the National Honor Society and named an AP Scholar with Distinction … 2012 Academic All-State selection … Received the French 4 Student of the Year Award in 2011 and named Academic All-Conference … Served as a French tutor for four years and a Greyhound Kickoff Mentor for two years.

Alec Schlossman, 6’3”, Outside Hitter, Canyon Country, Calif.
Before Harvard:
Three-year letterwinner, starter and captain at Golden Valley High School … Named to the All-Foothill League first team all three years … Selected to The Signal All-Santa Clarita Valley first team as a junior and senior and to the L.A. Daily News All-Los Angeles Area first team as a senior … Also named second team All-Santa Clarita Valley in 2010 and second team All-Los Angeles Area in 2011 … Voted as Golden Valley High School’s MVP all three years … Set school records for kills (594), kills per set (7.24) and kills in a single match (37) while leading the Greater Los Angeles area in kills during the 2012 season … Helped Golden Valley High School to its first CIF playoff appearance and first CIF playoff win in 2010 … Placed 11th with the Legacy Volleyball Club at the 2011 USA Volleyball Junior National Championships U17 Open Division and took ninth at the 2010 Junior National Championships U16 Open Division … Led Legacy Volleyball Club to the Gold Medal at the 2009 Junior National Championships U15 Club Division and was named the tournament’s MVP … AP Scholar with Distinction … Member of the National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation … Served as the President of the California Scholarship Federation for the 2011-12 academic year … Four-time Golden Valley High School Scholar-Athlete.