Matt Jones notched three services aces in the third set against Stevens (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard men's volleyball team recorded its first sweep of the season Saturday night, downing Stevens, 3-0. The Crimson improve to 5-1 overall, its best start since the 2004 season.
In the first set neither team could find an edge with the teams trading points through the first 38 points until the score was tied at 19. Kills by Kyle Rehkemper and Michael Owen helped to open up a 22-19 Crimson advantage, forcing a Ducks timeout. Stevens would fight back, evening the score at 23, but a Chris Gibbons kill and Rehkemper service ace sealed the set victory for Harvard. Five Crimson tallied at least two kills in the opening set.
The early portion of the second set mimicked the first with the score coming to a tie at 15. The Ducks used a kill from Jonathan Landis and two Harvard attack errors to open a three-point cushion. Coming out of a Harvard timeout, Gibbons and Matt Jones each knocked home kills, while the Ducks committed three consecutive attack errors to give the Crimson a 21-20 lead. Harvard would take the second set following a pair of kills from Jones and another from Gibbons, 25-22.
Harvard opened things up in the third set, jumping out to a 15-10 lead behind two Jones service aces and three Rehkemper kills. Stevens stormed back though, and behind solid hitting from SteFan PremDas, the Ducks grabbed a 25-24 lead. Jones took over though, slamming down two kills set up by Rob Lothman before striking the match-clinching service ace.
Jones finished the match with a team-high 15 kills and an attacking percentage of 35.7. He also contributed five digs and three of Harvard's eight service aces in the match. Chris Gibbons swatted nine kills for the Crimson to go with his 10 digs.
Harvard will host Springfield Monday evening at the Malkin Athletic Center. Match time is slated for 7 p.m.