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Men's Volleyball Comes From Behind to Defeat Princeton, 3-2

Rehkemper (front right) and Jones (front left) led the Crimson to a 3-2 comback victory over Princeton Saturday (Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard men’s volleyball team came from two sets down Saturday afternoon to knock off Princeton, 3-2. The win snaps a six-match losing streak for the Crimson who is now 8-11 this season.

The Tigers stormed out to a two sets to none lead, winning the opening set 25-19 and the second 25-22. The third set would serve as a momentum shift that the Crimson needed.

Harvard used 11 kills, including four from Matt Jones, combined with 10 Tiger errors to cut into the Princeton lead and take the third set, 25-22. Princeton jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on the Crimson in the fourth set, maintaining the lead until Harvard tied the set score at 19-19. Jones and Kyle Rehkemper took the reins for the Crimsonat that point, each knocking home two kills in the late stages of the fourth set to help Harvard tie the match, 2-2.

In the fifth and deciding set, Harvard converted seven kills on a .700 hitting percentage to complete the comeback, running away with the set, 15-6. Nick Madden recorded two of his 11 kills in the set, while Jones tallied three of his four services aces in the fifth.

Princeton’s Vincent Tuminelli led all attackers with 21 kills, but four Crimson reached double digits in kills. Jones led Harvard with 14, while Rehkemper finished with 13, Madden had 11 and Chris Gibbons hit 10 of his own. Jones was also active on the defensive side of the net with three solo blocks and six blocking assists.

Harvard’s next match will be April 8 when the Crimson visit New York University.