Men's Volleyball Hosts Final Two Matches This Weekend

Men's Volleyball Hosts Final Two Matches This Weekend

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot.

The Particulars
The Harvard men's volleyball team hosts Sacred Heart in a divisional match Friday, April 16 at 6 p.m. at the Malkin Athletic Center. The Crimson will close out the regular season on Saturday, hosting NJIT at 3 p.m. 

Last Time Out
The Harvard men's volleyball team dropped a close 3-2 match to NYU Saturday afternoon at the Coles Sports Center. Sophomore Matt Jones led three Crimson players in double digit kills with 26. Senior Erik Kuld added 24 kills while classmate Soren Rosier tallied 13.

Freshman Rob Lothman handed out a season-high 67 assists and also tallied five block assists, also good for a season-high.

Harvard and NYU traded set victories, with the Crimson winning the first and third sets. The match saw 45 ties and 14 lead changes, including 24 ties and eight lead changes in the fourth set, which saw the score end at 38-36 in favor of the home team. In the fifth set, the Crimson rallied back from an early three point deficit to tie the score at 6-6, but the Violets capitalized on kills and Harvard attack errors to claim a 15-11 win.

Scouting the Crimson
Harvard stands 5-14 on the season and 3-3 in EIVA Hay Division play.

Senior Erik Kuld paces the team with 4.28 kills per set while sophomore Matt Jones adds 4.0 kills per set. Freshman Rob Lothman is dishing out 9.07 assists per set and senior Gil Weintraub is handing out 5.73 assists per set. On the defensive side, freshman Derek Jansma leads the Crimson with 1.89 digs per set and sophomore Nikola Ivica is registering 0.98 blocks per set.

Scouting The Pioneers
Sacred Heart holds a 17-10 record with a 4-3 mark in EIVA Hay Division play. Most recently, the Pioneers defated New Haven, 3-1, on Wednesday evening.

Kalani Efstathiou paces the team with 3.23 kills per set while Roger Parent adds 3.15 kills per set. Tim Sadowski is handing out 11.24 assists per set. Defensively, Scott Grandpre and Parent lead the team in digs with 3.18 and 2.39, respectively. Mike Komlac  is recording 1.39 blocks per set.

On the Horizon
With sole possession of third place in the Hay Division, Harvard is looking ahead to the EIVA Conference Playoffs. The quarterfinal round will take place Saturday, April 24.

He's Honored
Sophomore outside hitter Matt Jones was named EIVA Hay Division Player of the Week (Mar. 22). In Harvard's 3-0 win over Sacred Heart, Jones accounted for 24.5 points on 18 kills, four service aces and three blocks. He also recorded nine digs.

On the Bench
Head coach Brian Baise, a 1995 graduate of Princeton, is in his second season at Harvard. He brings a 16-22 overall record into today's match.

Next Up
Saturday's match against NJIT marks the final home match for this season's seniors: co-captains Gil Weintraub and Erik Kuld, as well as Soren Rosier and Nick Manzo.