The Crimson returned to Cambridge licking its wounds but nevertheless knew it would emerge all the better for the effort it put forth in Illinois. Kicking off a five-game home stand, Harvard hoped to show visiting Fort Wayne and Ball State a few newly learned tricks it picked up from its Chicago-based adversaries.
The Crimson defeats came at Lewis and Loyola, respectively ranked eighth and ninth in the nation.
With three seasons of over 200 kills, Clemens has become a staple on the men's volleyball team both on and off the court.
Thursday night, in a playoff matchup against George Mason, the season did not end the way that Harvard men’s volleyball wanted it to. But it ended nonetheless.
This weekend, in a pair of matches against Princeton and NJIT, Harvard experienced what were likely the biggest stages of the year. In both contests, Clemens—who played every second of every point—led decisive sequences that erased deficits.
Stuck in a tie for fourth at the start of the weekend, the Harvard men’s volleyball team faced all kinds of playoff scenarios as it angled to outcompete a crowded EIVA field and make the final four-team tournament. In the end, all the different what-ifs reduced to a simple dichotomy: Win two matches, or leave empty-handed.
With matchups against Princeton and NJIT on tap this weekend, the Crimson could clinch an EIVA playoff spot or see its season end in disappointing fashion on its home court.
By losing to St. Francis and Penn State, the Crimson (11-10, 7-5 EIVA) plummeted into a two-way tie for fourth, putting the team at risk of missing conference playoffs.