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Harvard Men's Volleyball Falls to Juniata, 3-1

Chris Gibbons had 11 kills for the Crimson against Juniata Friday (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men’s volleyball fell to EIVA Hay division leader Juniata, 3-1, Friday night. The Crimson is 6-5 overall, 0-3 Hay.

Harvard took the first set behind a 50 percent attack clip and 14 kills. Chris Gibbons led the Crimson in the set with four kills, Matt Jones added three, while Michael Owens, Kyle Rehkemper and Nick Madden each added two. Harvard took the set, 25-22.

The Crimson attacking cooled off drastically over the course of the next three sets. In a close 25-23 second set won by Juniata, Harvard converted only 13 percent of its attack attempts compared to the Eagles 35 percent.

Harvard slightly recovered in the third set, improving to a 29 percent attack conversion rate, good for 14 more kills, but the Eagles slammed home 17 of their own kills and took the third set, 25-22.

The Crimson only managed eight kills in the fourth set, but also had 8 attack errors, as Juniata took the set, 25-22, and the match, 3-1. The Eagles’ Ross Madden converted a match-high 18 kills. Jones led the Crimson with 15 kills.

Harvard is back in action Saturday at 2 p.m. when it takes on Princeton at the Malkin Athletic Center.