Harvard Men's Volleyball Picked Fourth in Preseason Poll

The Harvard men's volleyball team finished second in the EIVA regular season standings in 2012 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard men’s volleyball team has been chosen fourth in the EIVA preseason poll, league officials announced Friday.

The Crimson tallied 31 points, eight fewer than St. Francis (Pa.), picked to finish fifth. Penn State, the defending champion, was tabbed first with six first-place votes while George Mason and Princeton were chosen second and third, respectively, with one first-place vote apiece. Rounding out the eight-team field in order of predicted finish were NJIT, Sacred Heart and Rutgers-Newark.

The Crimson returns 10 members from the 2012 squad that placed second in the EIVA regular season standings with a 10-4 conference mark while the team’s 18 wins overall were good for third-best in program history. Harvard also rose to prominence nationally, achieving its first-ever national ranking and finishing seventh in the NCAA in hitting percentage (.298) and eighth in win percentage (.750). On March 10, the Crimson upset No. 12 Cal State Northridge, 3-1, to register its first win against a ranked opponent in the Brian Baise-era.

Harvard opens its season on the road with a match against Stevens Jan. 18 and plays its first home contest of the year against Rivier Feb. 5 at 7 p.m.  at the Malkin Athletic Center. To view the full schedule, click here.