Men’s Volleyball Falls Short to No. 12 Penn State, 3-0

Erik Johnsson tallied his 200th career kill in tonight's match (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the final home match of the 2017 season, the Harvard men's volleyball team fought a tough battle against No. 12 Penn State. The Nittany Lions earned the win in three sets, with scores of 25-22, 25-20 and 25-21.

Riley Moore pace the Crimson (9-12, 6-6 EIVA) with nine kills, while Erik Johnsson added eight kills and one service ace to the board. Johnsson earned his 200th career kill in the match against the Nittany Lions. Trevor Dow registered three stoppers against Penn State, while Matthew Ctvrtlik added seven digs to assist the Crimson defense.

The Nittany Lions (17-10, 9-3 EIVA) escaped with an early lead, 14-6, but the Crimson caught up with kills from White and Dow, 15-11. Trevor Dow split the Nittany Lion defense with a kill to bring the Crimson within three points, 17-14, but Penn State captured the set point with a block from Kevin Gear and Luke Braswell.
Both teams traded points for the first 16 points of the second stanza, until a kill from Marko Kostich gave the Crimson the momentum to begin a 6-1 run, leading the Nittany Lions by three points, 14-11. Penn State fought back to tie the set at 15 apiece, but consecutive kills from the Nittany Lions pushed them ahead, 18-16. Although White and Kostich earned kills in the last stretch of the set, the Crimson fell to the Nittany Lions, 25-20.
The Nittany Lions jetted off with a 6-4 lead early in the third set, but three consecutive attacking errors gave the Crimson the advantage, 7-6. The two teams went points for point for the next four serves, but a block from Calvin Mende and Matt Callaway pushed the Nittany Lions ahead 13-10. Harvard pressed back with three consecutive points, including a block from Dow and Johnsson, but the Nittany Lions capitalized on two Harvard attacking errors to gain a three-point lead, 20-17. Penn State took the third set, 25-21.
Harvard will close out its regular season on the road, facing Princeton on April 14 at 7 p.m. and NJIT on April 15 at 4 p.m.

For a full archive of tonight's match, please see the Ivy League Digital Network.