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On the volleyball court, liberos play a very important position despite the fact they are not always the stars of the show.
After falling in the fourth set by one point, the second seeded Crimson lost to George Mason, 3-1, and was eliminated from the EIVA tournament. Harvard was without co-captain Caleb Zimmick in the contest.
Despite holding 1-0 and 2-1 leads, Harvard needed a fifth set to beat the Pioneers and secure a first-round matchup with George Mason on Wednesday.
The Harvard men's volleyball team, shown in a previous contest against Sacred Heart, finished its season Wednesday after losing in the EIVA tournament to George Mason
With the 3-1 win over George Mason, the Crimson men's volleyball team, pictured above in the huddle during a match against St. Francis on Feb. 27, clinched a postseason berth.
Powered by a defense that recorded 38 digs on Friday, the Crimson held the Patriots to a .106 kill percentage and clinched a spot in the four-team postseason alongside Penn State, Princeton, and George Mason.
The Harvard men’s volleyball team entered the weekend with a pair of precious possibilities—the chance of marring Penn State’s unblemished conference record on one day and solidifying a playoff position on the next with a win over St. Francis. But the Crimson failed to achieve either objective.
Much has changed in the world of men’s volleyball since Harvard and Penn State last squared off for a conference matchup.
After enjoying the uncharacteristic luxury of air travel en route to an EIVA matchup against George Mason in Washington, DC, the Harvard men’s volleyball team dominated from the moment that it stepped on the tarmac. By holding the Patriots to a .047 hitting efficiency, the Crimson earned a 3-1 victory and kept pace with second-place Princeton.
Although the Crimson rallied to claim the game and avoid the shutout, the visitors could not avert an eventual 3-1 loss to the Waves.
In its Wednesday return after an 11-day break, the Harvard men's volleyball team got back to its winning ways in a 3-1 victory over Springfield.
DJ White '15 blocks the ball on Saturday evening during the Harvard Men's Volleyball game versus Penn State. Penn beat Harvard 3-1.
DJ White finished the night with 14 kills on Saturday night, but it wasn't enough to tame the Nittany Lions
Despite entering Saturday having won eight of its last nine games, the Harvard men's volleyball team fell to first-place Penn State at the Malkin Athletic Center, 3-1.