CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team fell in five sets to Springfield tonight, Jan. 29 in its home opener at the Malkin Athletic Center. The final tallies read 25-17, 17-25, 25-22, 19-25 and 11-15. The loss brings the Crimson to a 1-3 record overall.
Marko Kostich recorded a career-high 15 digs and 20 assists for the Crimson, along with eight kills. Trevor Dow led the way in blocks, recording nine, while Erik Johnsson closely followed behind with five. Johnsson registered a team-high 13 kills and Riley Moore contributed eight.
- The Crimson came out to a strong, notching a kill by Heavey to set the tone of the set
- The two teams went back and forth in play before Springfield went on a 4-0 run at the 8-7 mark that the Crimson quickly answered with a 9-1 run for themselves, taking the lead at 18-13 and forcing the Pride to take a time out
- Two more 3-0 runs in the second half of the set led Harvard to a 24-6 lead
- The Crimson ended the set the way they came in with another Heavey kill and assist by Matthew Ctvrtlik
- A 4-1 run to start the match giving Harvard the 6-3 lead forced a Springfield time out again
- The Pride chipped back at the score, taking a 10-7 lead after three service aces in a row
- The Crimson rallied, eventually tying the game at 15-15 after capitalizing on three errors
- Springfield would then dominate the remaining of the set, going on a 10-2 run to win it 25-17
- The beginning of set three featured kills from each team, trading points back and forth
- The Crimson pulled away after a 3-0 run off of a huge block assists by Dow and Kostich, followed by another 4-0 run to take the lead at 19-14
- Springfield was unable to bounce back as Harvard won the set 25-22 courtesy of a kill by Johnsson
- The first four points were exchanged due to straight service errors from both teams
- A 10-3 run by Springfield gave them the lead at 12-6 half way through the set
- The Crimson attempted to chip back, capitalizing on errors by the Pride, but were unable to secure the win, falling 25-19
- Harvard came out firing with two kills from Moore as well as a block assisted by Ctvrtlik to give the Crimson a 4-1 lead
- Springfield answered with a 4-1 run of their own, tying the set at 5-5
- The teams would trade points from here until another 4-1 run by the Pride
- The Crimson was unable to come back, falling 15-11
Harvard will continue its homestand facing the No. 1 team in the country, Long Beach State, on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. on the Ivy League Network.