The EIVA Tournament is heading to George Mason for the first time in more than 20 years.
George Mason rallied to beat Harvard 25-22, 27-29, 25-27, 27-25, 15-11 on Friday in Fairfax, Virginia, to clinch the EIVA regular season championship and home court advantage throughout the upcoming conference tournament.
Middle attacker Jack Reese finished with a team-high 16 kills on a .385 attack percentage. In addition, Reese was one of five Patriots with double-digit kills in the victory.
George Mason out-hit Harvard .212 to .188, including holding the second-place Crimson to a match-worst negative-.056 attack percentage in the decisive fifth game.
Outside attacker Brad Gretsch in the loss had a match-high 23 kills and added 11 digs.
The four-team EIVA Tournament will begin Thursday at George Mason. The No. 1 seed George Mason will play host to the No. 4 seed Princeton in the semifinals, while the No. 2 seed Harvard and the No. 3 seed Penn State will meet in the other semifinal match.
Check out Off the Block’s postmatch interview with George Mason coach Jay Hosack