Clemens and White recorded their seventh- and third-career double-doubles (Gil Talbot).
MUNCIE, Indiana – The Harvard men's volleyball team lost in four sets at No. 15 Ball State Friday night, falling by scores of 25-22, 21-25, 20-25 and 23-25. With the loss, the Crimson is now 1-3 overall while the Cardinals improved to 3-1 on the season.
Senior Branden Clemens registered his seventh double-double of his career in the loss, finishing the night with a team-high 18 kills, 13 digs and two blocks. Junior Casey White also recorded his third career double-double with 14 kills and 16 digs.
The Cardinals were led by Brendan Surane's 20-kill, nine-dig night. Marcin Niemczewski added 12 kills and eight digs, and Mitch Weiler's contributed 10 kills and seven digs.
Ball State jumped out to an early 9-1 lead in the first set before Harvard eventually battled its way back in front, 19-17, from a Clemens' service ace. The Crimson would secure the set with a Marko Kostich ace, 25-22.
Harvard's three-point advantage, 10-7, would be its largest lead in the second set. The Cardinals' 5-0 spurt midway through the frame gave Ball State the edge, 16-13, en route to locking up set point, 25-21.
The two teams traded points early in the third set until Ball State created a little seperation, 10-6. The Cardinals remained in control for the remainder of the frame, taking set point, 25-20.
Harvard stayed with Ball State throughout the entire fourth set, knotting the stanza 11 times. The Crimson eventually went in front on a Clemens kill, 19-18, and held a 22-20 advantage following a kill by Alec Schlossman. Ball State responded with a 5-1 stretch, however, stealing the frame and taking match point, 25-23.
The Crimson will be back in action tomorrow in Fort Wayne, Indiana for a matchup against IPFW starting at 4 p.m. The match will be streamed online at GoMastodons.com.