High Scoring Second Set Not Enough for Men’s Volleyball

High Scoring Second Set Not Enough for Men’s Volleyball

Casey White notched 12 kills in tonight's contest against No. 13 Penn State (Gil Talbot).

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -  The men's volleyball team fell to No. 13 Penn State on Friday night, falling 3-0 to the Nittany Lions from Rec Hall. A strong effort by the Penn State attack (.396), helped the Nittany Lions to a three-set victory – 25-17, 35-33, 25-22. 

Casey White led the Crimson (3-5, 1-2 EIVA) attack with 12 kills, while Erik Johnsson and Brad Gretsch added eight kills apiece. Matthew Ctvrtlik added 32 assist to lead Harvard, with support from White and Grestch who earned six digs each. Trevor Dow notched two service aces and one block.

The Crimson was held to a .121 attack percentage in the opening frame, despite four kills from White. In the second stanza, Harvard and PSU went point-for-point, until a service ace from Trevor Dow started a 6-5 run for the Crimson. The two teams battled until the decisive point 25th point, but the Crimson tied it up with a kill from White. The Crimson and the Nittany Lions were tied at 33-33, until a kill from Matt Callaway gave PSU the set point.

Despite two consecutive kills from Gretsch in the beginning of the third stanza, PSU held onto their three-point advantage, averaging .310 on the attack. The Nittany Lions went on to win the third stanza, 25-22. 

The Crimson returns to action tomorrow against Saint Francis at 4 p.m.