The White brothers recorded 25 kills in the defeat (Gil Talbot).
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – In its first match of the 2015 season, Harvard men's volleyball dropped a tight contest at No. 5 Lewis, 3-1. The defeat came by set scores of 27-25, 16-25, 21-25, and 20-25.
Harvard (0-1) was led by sophomore Casey White, who tallied his first career double-double with 13 kills and 14 digs while recording a .520 hitting percentage. Senior DJ White pitched in 12 kills and junior Branden Clemens had 11. Sophomore Nick Bendell dished out 41 assists on the night, and freshman Brad Gretsch blocked four Lewis attacks.
Lewis (4-1) hit .402 in the match, with Geoff Powell, Eric Fitterer and Greg Petty scoring double-digit kills.
The Crimson started with a win in the first set. After digging an early four-point hole, the Crimson fought back to tie the match at nine apiece, and took its first lead at 12-11. Taking turns scoring points, Clemens and Gretsch sealed the first set victory when they blocked an attack attempt from Petty.
In the second set, Harvard got out to an early 3-0 advantage, but a run of points by Lewis helped the Flyers tie the match at 1-1. The Crimson faced multiple five-point deficits in the third set, but fought back to take the lead at 19-18. Lewis responded with a 7-2 run to take a 2-1 lead. Harvard fell behind early in the fourth set, and could not overcome the Lewis lead.
Harvard finishes its road trip Saturday at No. 1 Loyola University Chicago at 5 p.m. The match will be the Crimson's first against a top-ranked team since 2009.