Men's Volleyball Forces No. 6 Penn State to Five Sets But Falls Short

Men's Volleyball Forces No. 6 Penn State to Five Sets But Falls Short

Zimmick and the Crimson turned in 17.5 blocks to force No. 6 Penn State to Five Sets (Gil Talbot).

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Harvard men's volleyball team took No. 6 Penn State to five sets for the second year in a row, but just as they did in the last meeting between the teams the Nittany Lions came out on top, 3-2.

The loss drops Harvard to 3-1 on the year and 1-1 in the EIVA. Penn State, meanwhile, improves to 6-1 with a 2-0 mark in the EIVA.

Both offenses struggled as the Crimson hit just .062 against a .047 performance by the Nittany Lions. The defenses, however, combined for 28.5 blocks including 17.5 from Harvard, the team's highest total over the last three seasons. Caleb Zimmick led the way with eight total blocks as Michael Owen and Kyle Rehkemper turned in seven apiece. Nick Madden added six blocks, seven digs and was the team's leader on offense with nine kills.

Penn State's Peter Russell scored a match-high 12 kills while Connor Curry paced the defense with 21 digs.

The Crimson will be back in action next weekend at the Hall of Fame Classic in Springfield, Mass. Harvard will first face Loyola (Ill.) on Friday, Feb. 1 before taking to the court again on Saturday, Feb. 2 against either Springfield of Juniata.