Lothman and Madden Named Men's Volleyball Captains

Lothman and Madden have been tabbed to lead the Crimson in 2013 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, head men’s volleyball coach Brian Baise has announced that rising-senior Rob Lothman and rising-junior Nick Madden will serve as the team’s captains for the 2013 season.

"Rob and Nick have become leaders in this program and I think they're ready to step into the captain's role next year,” Baise commented. “Our captains have been absolutely crucial to our success in recent years, both on and off the court, and I expect Rob and Nick to continue this tradition next fall. I'm certainly looking forward to working with them."

Lothman was named to the All-EIVA second team in 2012 after setting a career-high with 888 assists, the fifth-best single-season total in program history. Lothman directed the Crimson attack to a .298 hitting percentage, which ranked seventh in the NCAA, while his 10.1 assists per set were good for 18th in the nation. He has led Harvard in assists in each of his three seasons in Cambridge, and will enter his senior campaign ranked fourth in program history with 2,185 career helpers.

Madden started all 24 matches last year for the Crimson and posted a career-high 27 kills in a 3-1 win over Cal Baptist on March 13. He recorded a pair of double-doubles against George Mason (13 kills, 18 digs) and Cal Baptist (27 kills, 10 digs), and finished the year ranked second on the squad in kills (3.01) and points (3.6). Madden’s 268 kills were good for eighth in program history while his 147 career blocks rank him sixth all-time.

Lothman and Madden will be captaining a Harvard squad coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, as the Crimson earned the program’s first-ever national ranking in 2012 and finished the year at No. 15 in the AVCA Coaches Poll. Harvard posted an 18-6 overall record and took second in the EIVA with a 10-4 conference mark, with the team’s 18 wins representing the third-highest total ever.