No. 14 Men's Volleyball Falls in Straight Sets at George Mason

No. 14 Men's Volleyball Falls in Straight Sets at George Mason

Gibbons recorded 12 digs as the Crimson's win streak came to an end (Ben Barnhart).

FAIRFAX, Va. – The No. 14 Harvard men's volleyball team saw its six-match win streak come to an end Friday as George Mason swept the Crimson on its home court. The loss came by set scores of 25-20, 25-19 and 25-19.

DJ White led the attack for Harvard (9-3, 5-2 EIVA) with 11 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Caleb Zimmick turned in nine kills and a .429 hitting percentage while also picking up a team-best three blocks. Rob Lothman dished out 26 assists to go with eight digs as Chris Gibbons registered 12 digs.

George Mason (6-7, 4-2 EIVA) hit a combined .323 led by Mark Jones and Michael Kvidahl who each scored 14 kills. The Crimson, by comparison, were limited to a .147 hitting percentage thanks to 8.5 blocks by the Patriots.

Harvard held a slim 10-8 advantage in the first set before a 6-1 run by George Mason put the home team in front, 14-11. The Patriot maintained their margin throughout the remainder of the frame and closed it out with three straight kills for set point, 25-20.

The Crimson again led near the midway point of set two, 11-10, but could not sustain its edge. George Mason overtook Harvard for a 12-11 lead, then extended its margin to 15-12. Harvard pulled back within one, 15-14, but was unable to get over the hump as the Patriots closed out the set on a 10-5 stretch.

It was all George Mason in the third as the Patriots jumped out to a 15-7 advantage en route to match point, 25-19.

Harvard returns to the court tomorrow for a 4 p.m. showdown at Princeton.