Men’s Volleyball Comes From Behind to Beat Princeton, 3-1

Clemens, Gretsch finished with double-digit kills to lead the attack (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – With the chance to seize control of second-place in the conference standings, Harvard men's volleyball rallied from behind to dart past Princeton, 3-1. The victory came by set scores of 17-25, 28-26, 25-21, and 25-19.

Branden Clemens paced the Crimson attackers with 11 kills, while Brad Gretsch added 10 and DJ White pitched in nine. Harvard (11-8, 5-2 EIVA) overcame a slow start against the Tigers (9-9, 5-3 EIVA) and hit .500 as a team during the match-clinching fourth set.

Casey White recorded double-digit digs for the fourth-consecutive contest, posting a match-high 12. DJ White and Clemens added nine digs and eight digs, respectively. At the net, Caleb Zimmick led the Crimson with six total blocks, including one solo, while Riley Moore stuffed four Tigers' attacks.

Princeton jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after a powerful first set. The Orange and Black gained a 4-1 lead early in the period, and gradually grew the advantage to 15-10. A Cody Kessel service error threatened to give the Crimson some momentum, but the Tigers rattled off eight of the next ten points to secure the frame.

Deadlocked to start the second period, Caleb Zimmick sparked a run with a pair of blocks to give Harvard a 10-8 lead, though the Tigers would battle back to knot the period at 17 apiece. Both teams had multiple chances to win set point, but Harvard was the team that capitalized, as kills from Zimmick and DJ White tied the match at 1-1.

The lead in the third set shifted back and forth with neither team able to grab a decisive advantage. Leading 21-20 in the third, Clemens recorded a pair of powerful kills that led to Moore's period-winning attack down the middle of the Princeton defense.

Taking a 2-1 lead into the fourth period, Harvard used a five-point spurt in the middle of the period to push the match out of reach. Princeton battled to cut the deficit to two, 19-17, but successive kills from DJ White and Moore ended the Tigers' hope to force a fifth set. Harvard took control of second-place in the EIVA with the win

The Crimson faces conference foe NJIT on Saturday, April 4 at the Malkin Athletic Center. First serve is scheduled for 4 p.m.