Six Freshmen Set to Join Men’s Volleyball

The Crimson welcomes six freshmen to the roster for the 2010-11 season (Gil Talbot).

The Harvard men's volleyball team will add six freshmen to its lineup for the 2010-11 season. Four members of the class of 2014 hail from California while Hawaii and Wisconsin are also represented among the freshmen class.

"We're looking forward to having these guys on the court with us next year; it's a very talented class," said head coach Brian Baise. "They're going to give us a lot more size at the net, and they're going to provide some much needed depth, particularly at the middle blocker position.

"These guys are coming out of the country's top high school and club programs. They join a solid returning group of players. We're hopeful that the combination of our experienced upperclassmen and the incoming freshmen will put us right in the hunt for another Hay Division championship."   

Harvard ended last season with a 5-16 overall record and a 3-5 mark in division play, just missing out on the final playoff spot. Junior Matt Jones returns as the team's top hitter, finishing second on the team in kills (314), kills per set (4.13) and first in service aces with 23 on the season. Rob Lothman will continue his roll as the team's top setter after finishing last season with 681 assists.

Here is a look at the Harvard men's volleyball class of 2014:

Jack Latta, Middle Blocker, 6-5, 210, San Diego, Calif./La Jolla
Was a member of the varsity volleyball and basketball teams for three years at La Jolla High School (Calif.) … Twice earned first-team All-Division III honors in volleyball and once in basketball … Earned all-section honors in volleyball and basketball … Also named to the first-team All-Western League squad in both sports … High school teams won the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championships his sophomore and junior year in volleyball and basketball … High school team finished runner-up in both sports senior year at CIF championships … Was a national AP Scholar and National Merit Scholar … Won the 2008 San Diego Math Olympiad … Finished ninth in the nation at the 2009 American Regions Mathematics League competition … United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO) qualifier … Coach of Muirlands Middle School math team … President of high school math and mock trial teams … Also enjoys ping pong.

Will Chambers. Middle Blocker, 6-3, 170, Honolulu, Hawaii/Iolani
Was a varsity member of the volleyball team (two years), track and field (one year, long and triple jump), kayak team (one year) and paddling team (one year) … In 2010, named to Interscholastic League of Honolulu first-team and state honorable mention team for volleyball … Was a national merit semi-finalist … Graduated Iolani High School as valedictorian … Received the Lawrence S. Braden Award for mathematics and the Walter Goo Award for academics and athletics.

Michael Owen, Opposite/Outside Hitter, 6-7, 195, Middleton, Wisc./Middleton
Was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter in volleyball … Lettered three years and started two years in basketball … Lettered and started two years in tennis, playing doubles … Captained the volleyball team sophomore and senior year and the basketball team senior year … Made first team all-conference team 2008–10, second team all-state junior year, first team all-state, team MVP and conference MVP senior year in volleyball … Was honorable mention all-conference senior year in basketball … Earned second team all-conference in tennis junior year … Volleyball team was a state tournament participant all four years he was a varsity member … Tennis team participated in state tournament both years of participation, finishing as runner-up junior year … Member of the National Honor Society … 2010 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletics Association (WIAA) Scholar Athlete … Middleton High School 2010 Senior Athlete … Brother, Tim, played basketball at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Chris Gibbons, Outside Hitter, 6-1, 175, Yorba Linda, Calif./Orange Lutheran
Was a three-year letter winner and starter in volleyball (2008-10) … Captained the team in 2010 … Named team Rookie of the Year in 2008 … Named team Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010 … Member of the "Best of the West" 2010 all-tournament team … Earned All-Trinty League honors in 2010 … Earned the "Coaches' Award" in 2010 … Eagle Scout and recipient of the Eagle Bronze Palm in 2009 … Received the President's Volunteer Service Award in 2010 … Named "The Outstanding Young Male Leader of 2009 in Orange County" … Member of the National Honor Society … Received Prudential's Certificate of Excellence in 2010 … Father, Michael, graduated from Harvard in 1978 … Brother, Matt, '12 is currently a member of the men's lightweight crew team at Harvard … Cousin, Britta Lindquist, graduated from Harvard in 2007.

Nick Madden, Middle Blocker, 6-5, 205, San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic
Was a four-year varsity member of the volleyball and basketball teams and two-year track and field participant (high jump and shot put) at Cathedral Catholic High School (Calif.) … Captained the basketball team from 2008-10 and volleyball team in 2009 and 2010 … In basketball, second team all-league member 2007-09, and first team in 2010 … Second-team All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) member 2008-09, and first-team in 2010 … MVP of high school team in 2010 … Member of the All-CIF all-star team in 2010 … In volleyball, second-team All-CIF 2009 … First-team All-CIF and all-league in 2010 … Received the coaches' award for leadership 2006-10 … Completed almost 700 volunteer hours coaching youth flag football, basketball, baseball, participating in Build A Miricale and a variety of other activities … Received the Cathedral Cares Scholarship Award … Received the President's Outstanding Academic Excellence Award in 2010 … Enjoys playing beach volleyball, playing the guitar and playing KanJam … Father, Nils, played basketball for the University of San Diego, making the NCAA tournament twice and played professionally overseas in Germany.

Kyle Rehkemper, Middle Blocker, 6-6, 180, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Palos Verdes
Was a four-year letterwinner and starter in volleyball at Palos Verdes High School … Captained the team in 2009 and 2010 … Member of the first-team All-Bay League squad 2009-10 and All-Bay League Most Outstanding Player in 2010 … Second-team All-Bay League in 2008 …Named one of the 2010 Sports Imports Fab 50 volleyball players … Named one of the 2009 Sports Imports Top 34 underclassmen.