Head Coach Brian Baise was awarded the honor of Bob Sweeney EIVA Coach of the Year, while three of his players earned all-conference honors. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass – In what has been one of its most successful seasons in program history, the No. 15 Harvard men's volleyball team had even more reason to celebrate on Monday afternoon as head coach Brian Baise was named Bob Sweeney EIVA Coach of the Year, while senior Matt Jones, freshman DJ White and junior Rob Lothman all earned EIVA All-Conference honors. Jones and White were named first team all conference while Lothman was named to the second team.
Jones and White have served as two of Harvard's main offensive threats this season as they have combined for nearly 600 kills (588). Jones is sporting a 3.80 kills per set average while White is hitting at a 2.77 clip. The La Jolla, Calif., native has also been prominent on the national stage as the senior is ranked 10th in kills per set (3.80) and aces per set (.43). Meanwhile White is ranked 14th in the country in hitting percentage with a .326 mark.
Lothman has been an assist machine for the Crimson in 2012, as he recorded a career-high 856 helpers. The junior ranks third in the conference in assists per set with a 10.07, while he ranks 14th in the nation in that category.
Baise is having his best season at the helm of the Crimson as he has tallied a career-high 18 wins. This is the second time in his tenure that the Crimson has reached the EIVA tournament having taken the team to a first-place showing his first year in 2009. 2012 also brought another first for the fourth-year head coach as the Crimson are ranked in the AVCA coaches poll for the first time in the program's history, featured at No. 15 in the country.
The No. 2 seeded Crimson will square off with No. 3 George Mason in the EIVA Tournament on Thrusday, April 26, at 5:30 p.m., in State College, Pa. The Crimson went 1-1 against the Patriots this season, falling to George Mason 3-0 at home, while defeating the Patriots in five sets in Fairfax, Va.