Harvard will be seeking its second win in as many matches against Endicott Friday night (photo courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications).
After opening the season with a 3-1 win over Newbury, the Harvard men’s volleyball team welcomes Endicott to Cambridge Friday night. Endicott enters the match with a 3-2 record.
Scouting the Crimson
The Crimson started 2011 off on the right foot, taking its season-opener against Newbury, 3-1. The win was Harvard’s third straight over the Nighthawks.
Matt Jones paced the Crimson with 15 kills in the match, converting 37 percent of his attack attempts.
Freshman Kyle Rehkemper made his presence known early in the match tallying two service aces in the first set against Newbury. Rehkemper finished the match with five service aces, eight kills, and four block assists.
Scouting The Gulls
Prior to Endicott’s Wednesday night match against New Haven being postponed, the Gulls were on a two-match win streak. Endicott dropped Lesley Jan. 20, 3-0, and Wentworth Institute of Technology two nights later by an identical score.
Jeremy Siden has tallied a team-high 45 kills through the first five matches for the Gulls. Zeke Kubisch and Matt Devendorf follow with 38 and 35 kills, respectively. Kubisch also leads Endicott with nine service aces this season.
Freshman Travis Netherton is leading the Gulls with 22 total blocks this season (seven solo), good for 1.22 per set.
Starting Off Right
Harvard’s victory over Newbury is the first season-opening win for the Crimson since 2008. Harvard beat Rivier 3-2 that year. It is also the first win to begin a season since current head coach Brain Baise took the helm prior to the 2009 season.
The Crimson will become very familiar with the confines of Malkin Athletic Center in the early stages of 2011. Harvard will play 10 of its first 12 matches at the Cambridge facility.
Out for Revenge
Harvard will be looking to avenge a 3-2 loss to the Gulls last season. The Crimson leads the series with Endicott, 5-2, but the Gulls have taken two of the last three after Harvard won the first four meetings.
Around the Hay Division
Juniata has the night off, while NJIT hosts Hunter and Sacred Heart welcomes IPFW. NYU will travel to Rutgers-Newark for showdowns against the Sacrlet Raiders and D’Youville.
The Crimson will begin February by welcoming AVCA Division III No. 1 Springfield to the Malkin Athletic Center.