Men's Volleyball Suffers 3-1 Setback at Rivier

Pictured: Nicola Ivica recorded 14 kills against the Raiders.
Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot

The Harvard men’s volleyball team (1-11) rallied to capture the third set against Rivier, but the Raiders hit .341 for the game to capture a 3-1 (30-24, 30-22, 24-30, 30-24) win Wednesday in a make-up game.

The Raiders (24-7) took the first six points of the opening game and maintained their lead throughout the set to grab a 1-0 lead in the match. A 6-1 run early in the second set gave the hosts an early lead but Harvard closed the gap to 20-18 thanks to a Matt Jones kill. Strong hitting from the Raiders down the stretch enabled them to hold their lead and to clinch the second set 30-22.

The third set stayed close the entire way through and featured 13 ties and six lead changes. With the score tied at 22-apiece, Harvard rattled off four straight points and a Gil Weintraub kill sealed the 30-24 win for the Crimson in the third set. The Raiders took the first point of the first set and after three early ties, maintained their edge to capture the fourth set, 30-24, and the match.

Jones and Nicola Ivica led the Crimson with 14 kills apiece while Eric Kuld added 12 and Weintraub added 41 assists. Rivier’s Jared Andreozzi led all hitters with 18 kills while Matt Ferreira added 13 in the win. Zach Hansen had 45 assists for the Raiders.

Harvard is in action next at Sacred Heart March 20. First serve is slated for 3 p.m.