Harvard Men's Volleyball Wraps Up Home Slate With Rutgers-Newark and NJIT
Senior Matt Jones will be honored along with teammate Dan Schreff at Harvard's senior day festitivites, celebrated before the Crimson's final home game of the season against NJIT on Saturday. (Gil Talbot)
The Harvard men's volleyball team (14-3) wraps up its home slate with contests against Rutgers-Newark and NJIT on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Friday's contest will begin at 7 p.m. while Saturday's matchup will begin at 3 p.m. In Harvard's regular season home finale the Crimson will honor its two seniors, Dan Schreff and Matt Jones with a senior day presentation.
Scouting the Crimson
The Crimson returns home after defeating EIVA opponent, Sacred Heart, 3-1 last weekend. Freshman DJ White led the Crimson attack with 15 kills, junior Rob Lothman had 48 assists and sophomore Michael Owen paced the team with three blocks.
Senior Matt Jones continues to be the offensive catalyst as he leads the team with 3.70 kills per set. Lothman has been the team's best setter as he maintains a 10.11 assist per set average. Sophomore Chris Gibbons paces the team in digs per stanza with 2.38. Freshman Caleb Zimmick maintains a 1.20 blocks per set average.
Scouting the Scarlet Raiders
Rutgers-Newark enters the contest 8-10 and is currently on a three-game losing streak, having fallen to Stevens, Saint Francis and Penn State. Austin Pappas paces the Scarlet Raiders in kills with 3.45 per set. Manuel Felipez leads the team in assists per set with 9.66, meanwhile Zack Chambers maintains a 2.14 digs per set average, a team best.}
Harvard trails in the series history as the Scarlet Raiders are 15-5 against the Crimson. Rutgers-Newark also enjoys a three-game winning streak over Harvard having won the last three contests, all in straight-sets.
Harvard hasn't found itself in the loss column too many times so far in 2012. While the Crimson has stumbled against EIVA opponents George Mason and No. 8 Penn State, and No. 7 Pepperdine it has had success against the rest of it slate. The Crimson (14-3) is tied for the least amount of losses with UC Irvine (18-3) and Penn State (16-3) in Division I volleyball with three.
The Crimson has opened some eyes this season after compiling a 14-3 record. Harvard for the last three weeks has received votes in the weekly AVCA Division I-II Coaches Poll. This week the Crimson stood one vote short of breaking into the top-15 ranking. The Crimson hold impressive wins over No. 12 Cal State Northridge, Cal Baptist as well as wins over conference opponents, Princeton and George Mason.
Harvard has been one of the nation's best teams so far this year and many of its players have been featured in the NCAA statistic leader board. Senior Matt Jones sits ninth in the nation in service aces per set with 0.41 per set. Freshman Caleb Zimmick is ranked ninth in the country with 1.20 blocks per set meanwhile Chris Gibbons is ranked tenth with 2.38 digs per stanza.