No. 12 Penn State Men Sweep Harvard

  0 Wendy Mayer | April 09th, 2017 | College - Men's Indoor, EIVA, News

Match Stats

  • No. 12 Penn State 3, Harvard 0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-21)
  • Penn State moves to 17-10, 9-3 EIVA; Harvard falls to 9-12, 6-6 EIVA
  • Cambridge, Mass.
  • Attendance: 347
  • Box Score

No. 12 Penn State stayed firmly atop the EIVA standings with a sweep of Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Saturday night. The Nittany Lions won the match 25-22, 25-20, 25-21 to move to 9-3 overall, keeping them a game up on Saint Francis (8-4) in the league standings with a week to go.

PSU hit at a .349 clip, while holding the Crimson to a .253 effort, and won the blocking battle 10.5 to 4.

Redshirt freshman opposite Calvin Mende led all hitters with 14 kills, hitting at a .462 clip and chipping in seven digs and three blocks. Senior outside hitter Chris Nugent tallied nine kills and eight digs, while redshirt junior middle blocker Kevin Gear added seven kills on a .875 hitting effort to go with a team-best four blocks. Redshirt senior middle Matt Callaway also added four blocks, while redshirt sophomore libero Royce Clemens pulled up a team-best 10 digs.

Junior middle Riley Moore, sophomore middle Trevor Dow and senior outside Casey White led the Crimson offense with kill tallies of 9, 8 and 7 respectively. Moore hit at a .500 clip, while Dow hit .667 and added a team-best three blocks. White served up two aces. In the backcourt, freshman setter Matthew Ctvrtlik pulled up a team-best seven digs.

Five different players chipped in kills as Penn State raced out to a 10-4 lead in Set 1. A block by Mende and Callaway and a kill by Nugent made it an eight-point game at 14-6. The Crimson cut the margin to two at 17-15 on an ace by White. An ace by Johnson pulled Harvard within one at 20-19. The teams traded points over the next six serves before a kill and a block by Gear capped the 25-22 PSU win.

Trailing 9-8 in Set 2, Harvard rallied with six of the next seven points, including two aces and kills by three different players, to go up 14-10. The Crimson maintained the lead at 16-14, but PSU turned the tables with an 11-4 set-ending run. A trio of blocks and help from four Harvard service errors aided the Nittany Lion effort.

Mende posted three kills as the teams split the first 18 points of Set 3. Penn State scored five of the next seven points, including two Callaway blocks, to go ahead 14-11.  A kill and a block by Johnson pulled Harvard even at 17-all. PSU upped its lead to four at 22-18. The teams traded points the rest of the way until Gear ended the match at 25-21 his final kill.


Courtesy: Penn State Athletics

CAMBRIDGE, MA – No. 12 Penn State (17-10, 9-3) swept Harvard 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-21) Saturday night at the Malkin Center.

Calvin Mende finished with a line of 14 kills hitting .462 while adding seven digs and three blocks on the night. Luke Braswell led Penn State in assist with 35 while Royce Clemens recorded a team-high 10 digs. Matt Callaway led the team behind the service line racking up two service aces helping the Nittany Lions finish with three for the match. Callaway and Braswell led the Lions in blocks notching four apiece helping Penn State record 10.5 team blocks against the Crimson.

Penn State hit .349 for the match while Kevin Gear was the match leader hitting .875 finishing with seven kills on eight attacks adding four kills on the night.

The sweep by Penn State is their sixth of the season and completes the season sweep of Harvard following a 3-0 sweep earlier this season at Rec Hall.

The Nittany Lions return home to Rec Hall to complete the regular season schedule with matches slated for Friday Apr. 14 vs. Charleston (WV) followed by a Saturday night match with the Patriots of George Mason Apr. 15 at 7 p.m. ET.

For more on Nittany Lion men’s volleyball, log onto or follow the team on Twitter @PennStateMVBall

Courtesy: Harvard Athletics

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In the final home match of the 2017 season, the Harvard men’s volleyball team fought a tough battle against No. 12 Penn State. The Nittany Lions earned the win in three sets, with scores of 25-22, 25-20 and 25-21.

Riley Moore pace the Crimson (9-12, 6-6 EIVA) with nine kills, while Erik Johnsson added eight kills and one service ace to the board. Johnsson earned his 200th career kill in the match against the Nittany Lions. Trevor Dow registered three stoppers against Penn State, while Matthew Ctvrtlik added seven digs to assist the Crimson defense. The Nittany Lions (17-10, 9-3 EIVA) escaped with an early lead, 14-6, but the Crimson caught up with kills from White and Dow, 15-11. Trevor Dow split the Nittany Lion defense with a kill to bring the Crimson within three points, 17-14, but Penn State captured the set point with a block from Kevin Gear and Luke Braswell.

Both teams traded points for the first 16 points of the second stanza, until a kill from Marko Kostich gave the Crimson the momentum to begin a 6-1 run, leading the Nittany Lions by three points, 14-11. Penn State fought back to tie the set at 15 apiece, but consecutive kills from the Nittany Lions pushed them ahead, 18-16. Although White and Kostich earned kills in the last stretch of the set, the Crimson fell to the Nittany Lions, 25-20.

The Nittany Lions jetted off with a 6-4 lead early in the third set, but three consecutive attacking errors gave the Crimson the advantage, 7-6. The two teams went points for point for the next four serves, but a block from Calvin Mende and Matt Callaway pushed the Nittany Lions ahead 13-10. Harvard pressed back with three consecutive points, including a block from Dow and Johnsson, but the Nittany Lions capitalized on two Harvard attacking errors to gain a three-point lead, 20-17. Penn State took the third set, 25-21.

Harvard will close out its regular season on the road, facing Princeton on April 14 at 7 p.m. and NJIT on April 15 at 4 p.m. For a full archive of tonight’s match, please see the Ivy League Digital Network.


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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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