Derek Jansma and the Crimson will look to improve to 3-0 Tuesday against Springfield (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
The Crimson begins the month of February hosting AVCA Division III No. 1 Springfield at the Malkin Athletic Center. The Pride holds a 2-4 record, while Harvard is 2-0 after defeating Newbury and Endicott to start the 2011 season.
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard's 2-0 start is the first since the 2008 season. The Crimson won each of its first two matches by identical 3-1 scores.
Junior Matt Jones has been an offensive catalyst for the Crimson so far, tallying 35 kills, 10 digs and 10 total blocks in the first week of play.
A trio of freshmen have also made an impact early in the season. Chris Gibbons, nick Madden and Kyle Rehkemper have notched 20, 15 and 14 kills, respectively. Madden also leads the Crimson with 13 total blocks, while Rehkemper is second on the team with 12.
Scouting The Pride
Springfield, a member of the EIVA Tait division, enters the Tuesday tilt against the Crimson with a 2-4 record. The Pride began the season 1-2, dropping a pair of matches to Cal Baptist sandwiched around a victory over Hope International.
The Pride dropped two division matches to George Mason and Penn State before downing Emmanuel last Friday.
Senior Cal Palumbo paces the Pride with 2.11 kills per set, followed by Alberto Bravo at 2.00. Palumbo and Greg Falcone have each knocked down 16 total blocks through Springfield's first six contests.
Four freshmen have played an integral role in the Crimson's early season success. Rehkemper, Madden, Gibbons and Michael Owen are all in the top five in points per set for Harvard.
Sophomore Rob Lothman has recorded 67 assists through the Crimson's first two matches. His 9.57 per set average is seventh in the EIVA.
Harvard leads the EIVA in blocks per set at 3.62. Madden is contributing 1.62 per set, while Rehkemper is averaging 1.50 in each of the eight sets for the Crimson. Jones is also averaging over one per set at 1.25 and leads the team in solo blocks with five this season.
Tonight's match is the first of three home matches for the Crimson this week. Cal Baptist will visit Cambridge Thursday night and MIT will make the short trip to the Malkin Athletic Center Saturday evening.