White recorded his career-high in kills, posting 19 against the Gauchos (Gil Talbot).
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Harvard men's volleyball (6-9, 3-4 EIVA) fell in a close battle to No. 15 UC Santa Barbara, 3-2. The defeat came by set scores of 25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 33-31, and 17-15.
Trevor Dow tallied seven blocks to lead the Crimson defense, helping to limit UCSB to a .243 hitting percentage. Four members of the Crimson added double-digit digs: White (14), Chase Howard (13), Ctvrtlik (12) and Kostich (11).
In the first set, Harvard pulled away with an 8-6 advantage over the Gauchos. In the middle of the stanza, Dow, White and Kostich all recorded two kills to put the Crimson ahead, 19-15. A balanced effort from the Crimson attack led the team to a 25-20 decision.
Harvard extended their lead to two sets in the second frame, with a 25-22 victory. The two teams traded points through the first 28 points of the set, but a service error from UCSB started the Crimson on a 5-1 run, to lead the Gauchos by two, 20-18. A kill from White helped put the final stamp on the set to lead UCSB, 2-0.
UCSB took the lead in the third set, recording a five-point lead at the midway point. Although the Crimson recorded a 5-2 run to come within two points, the Gauchos capitalized on successive service errors to lead 19-17. White stepped up and recorded two back-to-back kills to tie the set at 20 apiece, but the Gauchos took the set with a kill from Spencer Fredrick, 25-23.
The Crimson took a 4-0 lead in the fourth stanza, after falling the Gauchos in the third period. UCSB battled back to tie the set after facing an early four-point deficit, but a timely block by Dow and Johnson set up the opportunity for Harvard to win the period. Tied at 25 points, the teams battled back-and-forth until both remained tied at 31 apiece. UCSB recorded two consecutive kills to take the fourth set, 33-31.
Harvard had a chance to put the match away, leading 8-6 in the decisive fifth set. UCSB battled to tie the match at 11-11, and used its momentum to win five of the last six points in the period to win the set, 17-15.
Harvard will face USC tonight at 7 p.m. at the Galen Center. The game will be streamed on the Pac-12 Network.