Home-standing survived a scare from a feisty Harvard team using a double-double from senior opposite Christian Hessenauer and a dominating .390 hitting effort to edge past the Crimson in four sets to advance to Thursday’s Final Four.
With his team makeup and hard work, Harvard coach Brian Baise never doubted his team could do big things. “I knew we had a team that complemented each other really well and liked to compete and liked to train and any time you have that, you have a shot even when you are 1-8.”
It will be the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds facing off for the EIVA title and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament on Saturday after Harvard and Princeton both pulled off upsets in Thursday’s semifinals to set up an all-Ivy League and underdog final.
Five players from Harvard and Saint Francis and EIVA Player of the Year Brian Negron were named to the 19-man All-Academic Team on Wednesday.
Harvard held on to fend off Princeton in five sets and keep its EIVA playoff hosting hopes alive, while Ohio…
Harvard edged past No. 17 Penn State in five sets, while Stanford held home court against No. 15 Concordia-Irvine in four. Other winners on Saturday night were No. 5 Loyola, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 14 Fort Wayne and No. 16 George Mason.
Harvard turned the lone upset of the early Friday matches, besting No. 20 Saint Francis. No. 14 Fort Wayne and Lincoln Memorial held home court, while No. 16 George Mason and No. 17 Penn State picked up road wins.
King and Mount Olive registered sweeps to stay among the top three in the Conference Carolinas standings, while No. 16…
No. 13 Grand Canyon held on for a four-set home win over No. 15 Concordia Irvine with a strong block and efficient hitting to highlight Friday night action. Other winners were No. 8 Ohio State, No. 16 George Mason, No. 18 McKendree, Barton (RV) and Harvard.
No. 17 Fort Wayne pulled the lone upset late Saturday night, besting No. 12 Concordia Irvine, while UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge also notched sweeps with hot offensive efforts.