Rehkemper (left) and Jones (Jones) blocked a critical Violet attack in the second set, but NYU defeated Harvard 3-2 (Gil Talbot).
NEW YORK – The Harvard men's volleyball team forced a fifth set against NYU, but it wasn't enough to topple the Violets, losing 3-2 Friday night. The Crimson fall to 8-12 overall and 0-6 in the Hay division this season.
NYU took the error-prone opening set, 25-22, to begin the match. Michael Owen propelled the Crimson to an early second set lead, 8-4, following two services aces. Matt Jones tallied three kills in the set, while he and Kyle Rehkemper blocked the Violets final attack of the set to even the score at 1-1.
The Violets took another one-set lead following a 16 kill effort to win the third, 25-20. The Crimson battled back in the fourth set as five Harvard student-athletes notched kills, attacking at a 44.4 attack rate to take the set, 25-21.
In the fifth, Nick Capriccio carried the Violets with three kills to secure the NYU victory, 3-2. Jones led all attackers with 26 kills in the match, but it was the even attacking of Capriccio, Patrick Dodd and Taylor Fauntleroy that led the Violets to the win Friday.
Harvard is back on the court Saturday when it visits NJIT in its final road match of the season.