FAIRFAX, Va. – The Harvard men's volleyball team suffered its second consecutive loss today, April 14, after falling to George Mason, 3-1 at the Recreation and Athletic Complex. Harvard dropped to 10-4 in conference play and 11-13 overall after the Patriots secured the win by set scores of 18-25, 25-17, 25-20 and 25-19. With the loss, the Crimson is now set to face Penn State in the 2018 EIVA Tournament next weekend as the No. 2 seed.
The Crimson came out blazing in the first set, tallying 12 kills for a match-high .440 hitting percentage. Marko Kostich registered three kills in set one, adding to his total of 13 on the night, registering a team-high .545 attack percentage after notching only one error and earning his fifth double-double of his career with 10 assists. Matthew Ctvrtlik connected Harvard to 40 kills with a team-leading 24 assists, knocking down six of his own. Freshman Adam Gordon secured two service aces, while freshman Griffin Schmit added a season-high four kills.
Trevor Dow led the Crimson at the front of the net, contributing five blocks to Harvard's 10 total. Jack Connolly and Ctrvrtlik each tallied a team-best nine digs, while Jack Heavey and Gordon both recorded five apiece.
Harvard will take on Penn State in round one of the 2018 EIVA Tournament next Thursday, April 19 at George Mason in Fairfax, Va.