Derek Jansma (pictured) are 6-3 this season (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men’s volleyball team will play its second EIVA Hay division match of the season when it hosts Sacred Heart Saturday afternoon. The Crimson dropped its first conference match to Juniata, 3-0.
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard, 6-3, 0-1 Hay, is coming off its first road trip of season. The Crimson dropped both matches in its first journey away from the Malkin Athletic Center, 3-1 at Saint Francis and 3-0 at Juniata. Harvard began the season 6-1, playing all seven matches at home.
The Crimson currently ranks third in the EIVA in both blocks per set and service aces per set. Harvard is knocking down an average of 2.58 blocks per set and collecting 1.36 aces per set this season.
Matt Jones ranks fifth in the EIVA in kills per set tallying 3.67 in 33 sets this season. Jones is just two-hundreths of a point behind Taylor Fauntleroy of NYU for fourth.
Scouting The Pioneers
Sacred Heart enters the match against the Crimson ranked second in the Hay division with a 1-1 division mark and a 5-3 overall record. Prior to a Feb. 18 loss at NYU, the Pioneers had been winners of four straight with victories at New Haven and three wins at home against NYU, Springfield and George Mason.
The Pioneers are second in the EIVA in kills per set, averaging 13 as a team, trailing only Penn State. Enzo Mackenzie paces Sacred Heart with a 4.28 kills-per-set average, good for third in the EIVA. The Pioneers’ Bradley Borsay also cracks the EIVA top ten in kills per set, tallying 3.11 through 27 sets.
Nick Madden leads all Harvard student-athletes and is second in the EIVA in blocks per set. Madden averages 1.30 rejections per set, trailing only Shaun Sibley of George Mason who averages 1.65 blocks per set.
The Crimson will host division-leader Juniata Fri., March 4 before hosting Ivy League rival Princeton the following afternoon.