Matt Jones Leads Harvard to 3-0 Win Over NJIT On Senior Day

Seniors Dan Schreff (left) and Matt Jones celebrated senior day with head coach Brian Baise (right) as the Crimson claimed a 3-0 win over NJIT on Saturday.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team wrapped up its home slate with a 3-0 win against NJIT on Saturday afternoon. On a day where the team celebrated the class of 2012, it was senior Matt Jones who once again led the team with 14 kills.

The Crimson snuck out to a 1-0 lead after taking the first set 25-18. NJIT battled hard through the second set, but again came up short as the Crimson staked themselves a 2-0 lead, headed into the third stanza.

After NJIT opened up with two straight points, Harvard went on a run of its own, scoring the next four, thanks to a kill and two service aces from Jones, as the Crimson stood at 4-2. A kill by sophomore Will Chambers put Harvard up 7-4 but the Highlanders didn't go away as NJIT went on an 8-5 run to even the score at 12-12. NJIT retook the lead off a Ryan Thomas kill putting the Highlanders up 14-13. Controversy ensued however on the next play as NJIT head coach Ryan McNeil was issued a yellow card by the officials who awarded a point to Harvard, knotting the score back up at 14-14. That moment proved to be the turning point in the set as Harvard rode the momentum on its way to a 11-7 run to close out the set 25-21 and the match 3-0.

Harvard's offense was led by Jones' 14 kills while sophomore Nick Madden followed close behind with 13. Junior Rob Lothman recorded 33 assists while sophomore Chris Gibbons paced the Crimson with seven digs. Chambers held the team lead in blocks with six.

Jurko paced the Highlanders with nine kills while Doug Battersby had six. Both Adam Gustafson and Matthew Lui tallied 16 assists while Brady Smith had a team leading 11 digs.

Harvard will head to the road for a weekend against Saint Francis (Pa.) and Penn State next weekend.