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.
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.