With a six-game win streak and recent defeat of 11-season consecutive EIVA division champion Penn State in the rearview mirror, Harvard traveled to George Mason for the EIVA regular season championship match with a beefy résumé.
The Crimson extended its winning streak to six games after securing a narrow victory over conference rival Princeton on Friday night and then a dominant win over the New Jersey Institute of Technology on Saturday afternoon.
The Crimson has won four straight matches thanks in part to strong play from setter Marko Kostich. The senior has dished 89 assists to his hitters and registered 25 kills (.344 kill percentage) of his own over this span, which includes a stunning victory over perennial powerhouse Penn State.
After falling in straight sets against No.1 Long Beach State at home, Harvard lost in both games of the Morgan Classic.
Opportunity. For any team to be successful over a course of a season, they must capitalize on opportunities. The Harvard Crimson followed a theme of missing opportunities this season. Whether it was allowing teams to comeback from 2-0 deficits, or not finishing sets after gaining a big lead, Harvard found it difficult to reach its potential with a young but fiery team.
Harvard Men’s Volleyball (9-12, 6-6 EIVA) had a tough weekend at home as it fell against both of its conference opponents. The Crimson came into the weekend tied for second in the EIVA standings, but with the two losses now finds itself outside of the top four in the conference. After losing an emotion filled five-set thriller to Saint Francis (13-14, 8-4 EIVA) on Friday night, the Crimson suffered a devastating loss to the No.12 Penn State Nittany Lions (17-10, 9-3 EIVA) on senior night.
A weekend removed from a dominant victory over Sacred Heart at home the Harvard men’s volleyball team (9-10, 6-4 EIVA) went down to West Virginia to take on the Charleston Golden Eagles (11-15, 0-12 EIVA). The Golden Eagles did not give the Crimson much of a challenge as they won only one of seven sets from the weekend’s contest. Ranked last in EIVA standings, Charleston showed flashes of life against Harvard, but would ultimately fall in both matches.
Harvard's three losses came in different ways—a three-set sweep, a vacated 2-0 lead, and a five-set seesaw match.