This weekend, Harvard captain Branden Clemens may not have won a championship with the Crimson men’s volleyball team, but he did just about everything else.
Despite making the championship after a win over Puerto Rico Mayaguez, the Crimson (3-1) ultimately fell to hosting Springfield in five sets.
The men's and women's volleyball teams share a gym, a lot of physical height, and an assistant coach in Jeff Aucoin, but they also share a mutual love for each other that bonds the two programs even beyond their shared sport. This unique connection permeates classes and continues to grow as new athletes join the teams.
On the search for consistency, the Harvard men’s volleyball took a sizable step in the right direction on Saturday with a three-set sweep of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in Indianapolis. The Crimson (2-3) finished up their winter break road trip in style, sweeping the Mastodons 27-25, 25-22, and 25-21 respectively.
The Crimson failed to hold onto a 23-22 lead late in the fourth set, as No. 15 Ball State scored three straight times to close out a 3-1 victory at home.
Behind a strong performance by captain Branden Clemens and fellow senior outside hitter Alec Schlossman, Harvard defeated King in straight sets.
Captain Branden Clemens, shown in previous action against MIT last season, was one of four Harvard players with double-digit kills against nationally ranked Hawaii.
The Harvard men’s volleyball team put in a promising performance against a nationally-ranked team on Friday, but came up just short to pick up its second loss in as many games. The Crimson (0-2) took on No. 7 University of Hawaii (2-0) at the Outrigger Resorts Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii and fell in straight sets, 3-0, but each set was hotly contested with continuously shifting momentum.
Harvard (0-1) fell 3-2 to the Flyers, winning the second and third sets, which were bookended by losses in the first, fourth, and fifth frames. After the winning the third set, 25-23, to push Lewis to the brink, the Crimson suffered 25-14 and 15-8 losses in the final two sets, respectively.
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