All three sets in the match went to overtime at the Malkin Athletic Center (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In a match that could have gone either way, No. 11 IPFW tripped up Harvard in straight sets Saturday night. The defeat came by set scores of 28-26, 28-26, and 31-29.
Senior DJ White led the Crimson (1-3) with 16 kills and nine digs, and freshman Marko Kostich recorded 42 assists against the Mastodons (5-2). Casey White tallied 10 kills and eight digs, and Caleb Zimmick contributed eight kills and five blocks. Despite hitting .340 as a team, IPFW mustered 29 more attacks than the Crimson in the match.
Andrew Sellan led IPFW with 15 kills, and teammates Alex Harthaller and Ramon Burgos registered 12 and 10 kills, respectively.
The Crimson trailed by as much as six points early in the first set, but fought back to tie the match at 16 apiece. Harvard managed to take the lead at 25-24 after swapping several points, but back-to-back kills by IPFW shifted the set's momentum. A kill from Casey White tied the set at 26-26, but IPFW responded to claim the first period, 28-26.
The second set told a similar story as the first, with the Mastodons collecting a 28-26 victory. Harvard built a four-point lead early in the second, but a series of errors opened the door for IPFW to close the gap. Like in the first set, Harvard led 25-24 with a chance to put away the set, but a pair of IPFW kills pushed the lead in the other direction. After tying the set 26-26, consecutive points from the Mastodons stretched the deficit to 2-0.
Harvard led most of the way in the third set, with DJ White recording six kills in what would be the final period. IPFW recovered to take the lead late at 24-23, and the Crimson fended off four match points before falling, 31-29.
The Crimson continues its five-match homestand at the Malkin Athletic Center, taking on Emmanuel Friday, January 30 at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.