Men’s Volleyball Cruises Past Marymount (Va.) in Straight Sets

C. White led the attack to help the Crimson sweep the Saints (photo courtesy Zack Williamson). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team cruised to a straight set victory over Marymount (Va.) Tuesday night at the Malkin Athletic Center. The victory came by set scores of 25-6, 25-14 and 25-17. 

Harvard stretched its home-win streak to six straight matches with the win and moved to 10-5 on the year while Marymount dipped to 6-12 overall. 

Bolsterd by a career-best 25 assists from senior Michael Owen, the Crimson posted a .448 hitting percentage on the night, its highest of the season and best since hitting .493 in a sweep over Rutgers-Newark April 13, 2013. Freshman Casey White led the way with 13 kills and a .435 hitting clip while junior Caleb Zimmick added eight kills and hit .898 on the night. Sophomore Alec Schlossman contributed a career-high seven kills, hitting a career-best .500 percentage. 

The trio of Owen, Schlossman and Zimmick were at the forefront of Harvard's defensive effort as Marymount was limited to a -.093 hitting percentage. Owen and Schlossman turned in seven digs each while Zimmick posted six blocks. 

Seven kills from freshman Bryce Ernsberger and junior Brett Refner paced the Saints' attack. 

It was all Harvard from the first serve of set one as the hosts held a 2-1 lead. After trading points Schlossman stepped up to serve as Harvard rattled off 14 unanswered points to take a 20-4 advantage. A kill from Refner ended Harvard's run, but the Crimson embarked on a 5-2 spurt down the stretch and put the frame away on a kill from C. White, 25-6. 

Harvard jumped out to a 6-4 lead in the second stanza and was on top, 13-5, as the midway point approached. The Crimson continued its momentum using a 6-3 run to grab a 19-8 edge. The Saints used a 4-1 spurt to inch back within seven, 19-12. A block by Zimmick and sophomore Branden Clemens gave Harvard a 22-12 margin and a kill from senior Will Chambers gave the set to the Crimson, 25-14. 

The score went back-and-forth to open the final frame before a pair of Marymount attack errors sparked the Crimson to a 16-9 lead, forcing a Saints timeout. Two kills from C. White helped move the score to 22-15 before Zimmick scored match point, 25-17. 

Harvard returns to action as it closes its non-conference slate in the Buckeye State as the Crimson visits No. 13 Ball State Sunday, March 16 at 4 p.m., and ventures to No. 15 Ohio State Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.