White Records 1,000th Kill but Saint Francis Tops Men’s Volleyball, 3-1

White Records 1,000th Kill but Saint Francis Tops Men’s Volleyball, 3-1

White is the first student-athlete in Harvard history with 1,000 kills and 500 digs (Gil Talbot).

LORETTO, Pa. – With his third kill in the match, DJ White became the second Harvard men's volleyball player in school history to top 1,000 kills, but the Crimson dropped the match to Saint Francis (Pa.), 3-1. The loss came by set scores of 23-25, 22-25, 28-26, and 23-25.

DJ White led the way with 13 kills to pace the Crimson (11-11, 5-5 EIVA), while Branden Clemens and Alec Schlossman also broke into double-digits with 12 kills and 10 kills, respectively. Marko Kostich, meanwhile, dished a career-best 45 assists.

Defensively, DJ White, Casey White, and Marko Kostich tallied a team-best nine assists, and Clemens recorded five blocks, including three solo. The Crimson limited the Red Flash (6-17, 4-5 EIVA) to a .220 hitting percentage, but hit just .210 in the match.

The lead went back and forth in the first set, with neither team able to secure a lead more than three points. Harvard took a 21-20 lead late in the period after a solo block from Clemens, but Saint Francis rattled off four of the next five points to go ahead, 1-0.

A five-point run helped Saint Francis gain a 12-6 advantage early in the second frame, though the Crimson responded by winning five of the next six points to pull within two, 13-11. Late kills from Schlossman and DJ White put pressure on the Red Flash late, but a kill through the center of the Harvard defense gave SFU a two-point lead.

Harvard began its rally in the third set, toppling its opponent 28-26 in the period. Saint Francis had two shots at match point, leading 24-22, but Caleb Zimmick and Clemens each rejected an attack attempt and Schlossman tallied a kill to swing the momentum. Kostich set up DJ White for the set-clinching kill to force a fourth game.

A hard-fought battle in what would be the final set, Harvard gained a late one-point lead, 23-22, after a kill from Clemens and attack error by the Red Flash. Two points away from setting up its second-straight five-frame match, Saint Francis scored the final three points to put a close to Harvard's rally.

Harvard hosts George Mason on Friday, April 17 at the Malkin Athletic Center. First serve is slated for 7 p.m., and can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.