Hard Fought Fifth Set Not Enough for Men’s Volleyball Against No. 6 Lewis

Hard Fought Fifth Set Not Enough for Men’s Volleyball Against No. 6 Lewis

 Casey White tallied 11 kills in the season opener (Gil Talbot).

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The Harvard men's volleyball team fell in five sets, 3-2, to No. 6 Lewis on Friday night at the Neil Carey Arena. The Flyers won by set scores of 19-25, 25-19, 13-25, 25-23 and 12-15.

Casey White and Erik Johnsson led the Crimson (0-1) attack with 11 and 10 kills respectively, while freshman Matthew Ctvrlik added 20 assists. Brad Gretsch and Riley Moore added four block assists for the Crimson.

After a service ace from Spencer Scott in the second set, the Crimson started an 11-8 run, capping the 25-19 win with a kill from Gretsch.

Despite three kills from the Crimson and one service ace, Harvard was unable to catch up to the Flyers in the third set, falling 13-25.

Harvard won a back-and forth fourth set by holding off a late Lewis rally, as the Flyers cut the Crimson lead to 24-23 before a kill from Gretsch tied the Crimson and the Flyers at two sets apiece.

In the decisive fifth set, the Crimson and the Flyers traded points until Lewis raced out to a 12-8 lead. Harvard pulled within three points, 11-14, but the Flyers finished off the match by winning the next two points.

The Crimson will head back to the court today with a 3 p.m. CT contest at Loyola Chicago. The game will be streamed on Rambler Vision.