Men's Volleyball Registers Second Straight Sweep Against St. Francis (Pa.), 3-0

Men's Volleyball Registers Second Straight Sweep Against St. Francis (Pa.), 3-0

The Crimson has won four straight matches to remain in the top half of the EIVA standings (Ben Barnhart).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team recorded its second sweep of the weekend and earned its fourth straight win Saturday with a 3-0 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) at the Malkin Athletic Center. The victory came by set scores of 25-23, 25-21 and 25-22.

DJ White led the attack for a second straight night with 12 kills and a .455 hitting percentage. Nick Madden and Caleb Zimmick each added seven kills while Rob Lothman dished out 36 assists.

Harvard (7-2, 3-1 EIVA) hit .256 for the match while holding St. Francis (Pa.) (5-9, 2-3) to a .134 mark. Chris Gibbons paced the defensive efforts for Harvard with 11 digs as White adding six.

The Crimson improved to 3-0 at home this season with the win and is 19-6 at the MAC since the beginning of 2011.

Harvard was forced to play from behind in the first set as the Red Flash built up an early 12-8 lead. Trailing 14-11, the Crimson used a 9-3 run which included kills by Madden, Zimmick and Kyle Rehkemper to gain a 20-17 advantage. St. Francis battled back to within one, 21-20, but kills by White and Madden helped the Crimson close out the frame, 25-23.

The second set featured five lead changes and 11 tied scores before Harvard was able to put it away, 25-21. The Crimson fell behind 3-0 only to even the score at five moments later. The teams went on to trade points back and forth until the Red Flash was able to sneak out to a 21-18 advantage, but Harvard ended the stanza on a 7-0 run and took set point on a White kill.

The third frame was close as well despite the Crimson leading nearly the entire way. With the score tied at four, Harvard jumped out to an 8-4 margin and was later able to extend its lead to 17-10. St. Francis eventually pulled back to within two, 22-20, but it was not enough as a Michael Owen kill signaled match point, 25-22.

Harvard will head back out on the road for the next two weekends beginning with a trip to NJIT Friday, Feb. 22 and Rutgers-Newark Saturday, Feb. 23.