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Men's Volleyball Hosts NYU Saturday Evening

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

The Particulars
Harvard hosts New York University in a conference match Saturday, March 27 at the Malkin Athletic Center.

Last Time Out
Harvard dropped a non-division match to Springfield, 3-1, Tuesday evening. Nikola Ivica tallied 19 kills and nine digs and senior Erik Kuld recorded 15 kills and 13 digs.

The first two sets of the evening, both teams battled for the lead at the beginning before the Springfield Pride pulled away and held a two set advantage heading in to the third set.

In the third set, both teams used offensive runs to battle for the lead. A kill by senior Gil Weintraub sparked the Crimson offense to a 9-3 run to gain the lead at 23-20. The home team rallied and came within one point of claiming the set before Harvard scored five unanswered points, capped off with a kill by Kuld, to pick up a 31-29 win and force a fourth set.

In the fourth set, Harvard battled from a 19-13 deficit to tie the score at 24-24. Each team had several opportunities to score the match point, but the set wasn't decided until Springfield's AJ Nally recorded a kill and sophomore Matt Jones committed an error for the home team to claim a 37-35 win.

Harvard tallied 61 kills and 49 digs in the match. Senior Soren Rosier posted a team-high seven blocks.

Scouting the Crimson
Harvard stands 2-12 on the season and 2-1 in EIVA Hay Division play.

Senior Erik Kuld paces the team with 3.65 kills per set while sophomore Matt Jones adds 3.54 kills per set. Senior Gil Weintraub is handing out 7.53 assists per set. On the defensive side, Jones leads the Crimson with 1.79 digs per set and sophomore Nicola Ivica is registering 0.98 blocks per set.

Scouting The Violets
NYU holds a 4-13 overall record with an 0-4 mark in EIVA Hay division play. Michael Ferragonio paces the team with 3.06 kills per set while Pattrick Dodd adds 3.05 kills per set.

Trevor Salter is handing out 10.68 assists per set. Defensively, Jay Hayes and Fereagonio lead the team in digs with 2.02 and 1.53, respectively. Francis Hodgson is recording 1.13 blocks per set.

The Last Meeting
Harvard defeated NYU March 28, 2009 at the Coles Sports Center in Manhattan. The Violets took control of the match early, taking the first two sets. The Crimson made a defensive change in the lineup and took the final three sets to win the match, 3-2 (28-30, 33-35, 30-26, 20-26, 15-13).

Brady Weissbourd ’09 tallied a match-high 31 kills while hitting .349 and adding a team-high seven digs.

On the Bench
Head coach Brian Baise, a 1995 graduate of Princeton, is in his second season at Harvard. He brings a 13-19 overall record into today’s match.