Men's Volleyball Welcomes MIT to the Malkin Athletic Center Saturday

Matt Jones lead the Crimson with 40 kills this season (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

The Particulars
The Harvard men’s volleyball team will host Cambridge neighbor MIT Saturday evening. The Engineers, currently ranked seventh in the AVCA Division III poll, enter the contest with a 10-1 record.

Scouting the Crimson
Harvard will be looking to rebound from its first loss of the season after falling to AVCA NAIA No. 1 Cal Baptist, 3-0.

The Crimson had its worst attacking night of the season against the Lancers, committing more errors than kills in the first two sets and finishing with only a .031 attack percentage Thursday evening.

Freshman Kyle Rehkemper was a bright spot for the Crimson, landing six kills for an attack percentage of .455.

Harvard will seek to attack as it did in the first two matches of the season against Newbury and Endicott, converting .272 and .226 percent of its attacks.

Scouting The Engineers
With eight more matches under their belt than the Crimson, the Engineers will be the more seasoned squad in this matchup. MIT is 10-1 this season and is the seventh-ranked team in the AVCA Division III poll.

The Engineers’ lone loss came during the New Paltz State Hawks tournament to the host, 3-2. MIT won its final match of that tournament over Emmamuel and will enter the match against Harvard  on a three-match win steak adding wins against Emerson and Southern Vermont.

The Engineers have done well this season spreading out the scoring as four players average more than two kills per set. Matt Hohenberger averages 3.93 kills per set, while Ken Siebert (3.36), Malcolm Bean (2.25) and Patrick Vatterott (2.19) are close behind.

Ace in the Hole
Derek Jansma and Kyle Rehkemper pace the Crimson with five service aces apiece this season. Harvard has 17 services aces as a team through its first three matches.

Good For Three
Matt Jones is averaging 3.64 kills per set through the first 11 sets of the season to lead the Crimson. Jones also paces the Crimson in points per set, notching 4.5, and is tied for the team-lead with 13 digs.

Up Next
The Crimson will play its first Wednesday night match of the season when it hosts Rivier Feb. 9. It will be Harvard’s fifth straight home match to begin 2011.