Zimmick recorded 13 kills to lead the Crimson (Gil Talbot).
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Competing in its first five-set match of 2015, Harvard men's volleyball fell in a close battle to No. 7 Penn State, 3-2. The defeat came by set scores of 20-25, 25-20, 26-24, 21-25, and 10-15.
Caleb Zimmick recorded 13 kills to lead Harvard's attack, while Branden Clemens and DJ White posted 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Marko Kostich dished 40 assists on the night, two off his career-high of 42.
Zimmick and White tallied six blocks apiece to lead the Crimson defense, helping to limit Penn State to a .172 hitting percentage. Clemens also added 11 digs in recording his third double-double of the season, while White added nine.
Penn State captured the first frame after putting together a late run to pull ahead. With the match even at 18-18, the Nittany Lions scored five consecutive points to gain control and win the period, taking a 1-0 match lead.
Harvard tied the match in the second set, with a 25-20 victory. A pair of kills from White helped the Crimson earn an early four-point advantage, 10-6, which it would not give up en route to winning the stanza. A kill from Clemens helped put the exclamation mark on the set to tie the match.
The Crimson took a 2-1 lead after toppling the Nittany Lions in the third period. Penn State battled back to tie the set after facing an early four-point deficit, but a timely block by Clemens and Zimmick set up the opportunity for Harvard to win the period. Jalen Penrose's attack missed the mark on the final point, giving Harvard a chance to take the match in four.
Harvard had a chance to put the match away, leading 19-16 in the period. Penn State battled to tie the match at 20-20, and used its momentum to win five of the last six points in the period to force the first five-set match of Harvard's season.
The Crimson dug an early hole in the final period, as Penn State scored eight of the first nine points in the frame. Harvard pulled within four, 10-6, after a kill from White and attack error by the Nittany Lions, but the squad ran out of time as Penn State won the final frame, 15-10.
The Crimson concludes its 2015 road slate at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Saturday, April 11 at 3 p.m. It can be seen live on NEC Front Row.