Madden (left) Zimmick (middle) and White (right) have all played large roles in the Crimson's best start (9-2) since 1993. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard men's volleyball team recorded its ninth win of the year, defeating Sacred Heart, 3-0, Saturday afternoon. The Crimson was led by sophomore Nick Madden who recorded 14 kills, helping the team to improve to 9-2, and 3-2 in the EIVA.
Sacred Heart battled out to an early 4-2 advantage with kills from Jason Kinney and Hunt. Harvard evened the score on an attack error by LeClerc, pushing the score to 5-5. With the Crimson leading 8-6 later in the set, Harvard went on a pivotal five-point run as Matt Jones recorded two kills, and Madden and Chambers both contributed with one apiece, pushing the score to 14-7. Harvard ran it to 21-13, but the Pioneers didn't back down, scoring four-straight points pulling them within four, 21-17. Sacred Heart got the deficit down to three points off a service error by Jones, but Harvard was able to escape with the win, as the team scored three of the next six points, to edge the Pioneers, 25-22, and take the match in three sets.
Madden paced the Crimson with 14 kills, while Jones was second on the team with eight. Lothman had another solid day, distributing 30 assists, while Zimmick had four of the team's 14 blocks. Hunt led the way offensively for Sacred Heart, tallying nine kills, and Lutjen dished out 20 assists for the Pioneers.