The Crimson improved to 4-1 at home (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 15 Harvard men's volleyball team made quick work of cross-town foe MIT Tuesday evening, taking out the Engineers in straight sets, 3-0. The victory came by scores of 25-12, 25-23 and 25-13.
Harvard (4-3) hit .337 on the night, marking the fifth straight match that the Crimson has hit .300 or better. DJ White led the way with 16 kills and a .484 percentage, with Branden Clemens contributing 12 kills while hitting at a .429 clip. Nick Bendell dished out 22 assists with Marko Kostich adding nine.
White and Clemens were also effective on the defensive side of the net as MIT (4-1) hit just .085. White registered nine digs and two blocks as Clemens notched eight digs and six blocks. Samuel Murphy paced the defense with 12 digs to go with a 10-dig, seven-kill performance from Alec Schlossman. The Crimson's 11 total blocks, meanwhile, matched its season high.
Harvard took control early and rattled off the first four points in the first set. A 6-0 run which included three straight kills from White and two from Clemens pushed the score to 21-9, and the Crimson took set point on the Engineers' lone service error of the night, 25-12.
The teams traded the lead five times in the second with MIT opening a 19-17 edge heading into the stretch. Harvard evened the score at 19 on a White kill, and went ahead 22-21 on a block by Clemens and Brad Gretsch. The Engineers responded to even the frame once again at 22, but a pair of White kills allowed the Crimson to close the set out, 25-23.
It was all Harvard in the third as the host opened the stanza with a 5-1 run. Consecutive kills by Schlossman pushed the advantage to 15-7 at the midway point, and the Crimson finished things off with a 7-1 stretch to take match point, 25-13.
Harvard will begin EIVA play this weekend as it travels to Sacred Heart on Friday, Feb. 6. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. live on NEC Front Row.