Posted: Jan 19, 2017
Gretsch recorded 16 kills (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team downed Fort Wayne in four sets on Thursday night at the Malkin Athletic Center. The win came with set scores of 28-26, 25-17,23-25 and 25-19.
Brad Gretsch led the Crimson (1-2, 0-0 EIVA) with 16 kills, with support from Erik Johnsson who tallied 15 kills. Marko Kostich also assisted the Crimson with a .417 hitting percentage and Trevor Dow registered three blocks.
The Crimson were off to a strong start after a 7-5 run in the first set, however, the Mastodons fought back, going point-for-point until a block from Trevor Dow and Erik Johnsson gave the Crimson the set point.
The second set started off with a 15-9 run from the Crimson, Fort Wayne was unable to catch Harvard, hitting .029 percent. Johnsson led the crimson in the second set with five kills, while Dow added three blocks.
The first twelve points of the third set were neck and neck between the Crimson and the Mastodons, until a kill from Colton Stone gave Fort Wayne the advantage. Harvard fought back, coming within one point, at 19-20, where a kill from Brad Gretsch tied the set. Fort Wayne got the set point with a kill from Graydon Schroeder.
The Crimson bolted out to an 8-4 lead in the fourth set. Fort Wayne battled back to come within two points 11-13, but the Crimson would not let them adhere any closer. Spencer Scott checked into the match to lead the Crimson with three kills in the stretch. Harvard would go on to win the set, 25-19.
Harvard returns to action on Friday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. to face Ball State. The game will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
For a full-game archive, please see the Ivy League Digital Network.