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Every senior class is special in its own right, but the Crimson will graduate a truly exceptional group of players this year.
The victories clinch the No. 2 seed for the Crimson in the EIVA postseason tournament, which begins in two weeks.
Co-captain Nick Madden, pictured above in previous action, had 10 kills against Penn State, but Harvard fell, 3-0.
The Harvard men's volleyball team defeated St. Francis in four sets with a match-winning spike from senior bench player Will Chambers.
Penn State (18-6, 9-1 EIVA) all but wrapped up the regular season EIVA title on Friday night, beating No. 12 Harvard (12-7, 8-3 EIVA) in straight sets. Winning the regular season crown would net the No. 15 Nittany Lions the top seed in the playoffs and the right to host the tournament.
The Penn State men’s volleyball team (17-6, 8-1 EIVA) has won the EIVA conference championship for the last 15 years straight, dominating the league in recent memory. On Friday night, it will be coming to challenge Harvard (12-6, 8-2 EIVA) and for the first time in years, the Nittany Lions will not be runaway favorites.
The Harvard men’s volleyball team (12-6, 8-2 EIVA) kept itself in the hunt for the top EIVA seed as it saw off Sacred Heart (9-16, 3-8 EIVA) in straight sets.
After losing a tight 3-2 match to No. 13 Ball State two nights earlier, the Crimson bounced back with a balanced offensive effort against No. 15 Ohio State to earn a five-set victory.
An overall clinical performance, headlined by solid offensive play, powered the Crimson to a 3-0, straight-set victory over Marymount (6-12, 3-5 Continental).
George Mason dominated Harvard in a straight-sets victory on Friday night before the Crimson ended a six-match win streak for Princeton, overcoming its Ivy rivals in a five-set thriller in New Jersey.
With a pair of all-around efforts, the Crimson picked up straight-set victories over both NJIT and Rutgers-Newark to maintain its one-loss conference record and post its best seven game EIVA start in Harvard history.
When Harvard men’s volleyball team played Concordia last season, the Crimson was on the wrong side of a blowout, with the Eagles easily winning in straight sets. On Tuesday night, however, the Crimson (6-4, 4-1 EIVA) and the Eagles (14-4, 2-0 NAIA) went right down to the wire in a five-set thriller, with the Crimson eventually prevailing, 15-12, in the tense final set.