White, Zimmick record double-digit kills for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).
LONG BEACH, Calif. – In its opening match of the Asics Tournament, Harvard men's volleyball fell to host Long Beach State in straight sets, 3-0. The defeat came by set scores of 25-19, 15-17, and 25-20.
DJ White led the Crimson with 11 kills, and Caleb Zimmick added 10 with a .600 hitting percentage and led the squad with six blocks. Defensively the Crimson posted 35 digs as a team, including nine from Casey White and eight from Branden Clemens.
Harvard (9-6) was limited to a .204 hitting percentage by Long Beach State (11-8), which was led by Eric Ensing with 11 kills.
The Crimson fell behind early in the first set, digging a 10-3 hole, but fought back with a trio of three-point runs to pull within two, 15-13. Despite a pair of late kills from Brad Gretsch, the deficit was too much to overcome, and the 49ers snagged the first period.
After back and forth action in the second frame, the Crimson trailed by one, 11-10. Long Beach State pulled away after scoring six of the next eight points to build a 17-12 advantage, and went on to take the third stanza and a 2-0 match advantage.
The 49ers built a seven-point lead mid-way through the period, 16-9, but Harvard showed its resilience with a run of six consecutive points highlighted by two blocks to reduce the margin to one. Unfortunately, Harvard would not get any closer, as the 49ers rallied to win the period 25-20.
The Crimson continues at the Asics Tournament with a match against Cal State-Northridge. First serve is set for 8 p.m. EST.