Harvard Men's Volleyball Adds Three For 2011-12 Season

Harvard Men's Volleyball welcomes three freshmen to the fold for the 2011-12 season. (Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Brian Baise, the Head coach of the Harvard men's volleyball team, announced the addition of three members of the class of 2015 to his squad today. Two newcomers travel to Harvard from California while the other hails from Wisconsin.

"We're very excited to be bringing on such talented and experienced players to our roster this year," said Baise. "Adding their athleticism and work ethic to such a strong returning group is a great opportunity for us."
The team finished the 2011 campaign with a 9-13 record going 1-7 in conference play. The team's top-hitter , Matt Jones returns for his senior season  after once again leading the team in kills (332) and kills per set (3.95). Jones also led the squad in service aces with 30. Jones will benefit from having the squad's top setter back in the fold as Rob Lothman enters his junior campaign with the Crimson. Lothman finished 2011 as the team leader in assists with 616 while averaging 8.16 assists per set.

Here is a look at the class of 2015:

John Manzo, Opposite Hitter, 6-3, 180, Santa Barbara, Calif./San Marcos

Dual-sport athlete competing in volleyball and basketball during his junior and senior campaigns … Served as captain of his volleyball team  junior and senior years and basketball team captain during his senior season … Santa Barbara Scholar Athlete of the Year award recipient … Phil Womble Ethics in Sports award winner … Named to the Channel League First-Team … Earned 2011 Arcadia High School Volleyball Tournament MVP honors … Earned Channel League Second-Team honors in basketball … San Marcos CIF Scholar Athlete of the Year … Member of the 2010 Channel League champion in basketball … Was named a National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student … A National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar … National AP Scholar … Earned the Santa Barbara School District Excellence in Academics award … Served as the Associated Student Body president from 2010-11 … Parliamentarian 2009-10 … Elected sophomore class president 2008-09 … Honored with Santa Barbara City 2011 Outstanding Youth Leadership Award … Served as a corporate board member of nonprofit charity Kids Helping Kids from 2010-11 … National Honor Society 2007-11 … Brother Nicholas '10 played JV basketball, club basketball and varsity volleyball … Uncle, Tony Patta, set high jump world record for 13-year-olds at with a 6'0.75" mark.

Douglas Jordan White, Outside Hitter, 6-5, 180, Hermosa Beach, Calif./Mira Costa
A three-year athlete in volleyball … Served as captain of his volleyball team his senior year … a member of the USAV U.S. Boy's Youth National Team in 2010 and 2011 … Named All-Bay League MVP … Earned All-CIF Boys Volleyball Division I First-Team honors … Earned team MVP honors in 2011 … Named Volleyball Magazine Boys FAB 50 his senior season … Named Mira Costa Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2011 … Part of the Santa Barabara Tournament of Champions All-Tournament team during the 2011 season … Ranked third-best receiver during the NORCECA Boys Youth Continental Championship Tournament … A silver-medalist at the USA Junior Olympics 17's open division … Named Top 25 in Volleyball Magazine in 2010 … All-Tournament team selection during the Redondo Varsity Classic … Named a 2010 Mira Costa Scholar Athlete … A 2009 USA Junior Olympic 16's Open Division All-Tournament Team selection … Earned All-Bay League First-Team accolades … Named the Mira Costa Rookie of the Year in 2009 … A 2009 Mira Costa Scholar Athlete … Was a participant in the PAWS for Reading Program in 2008 and 2009 … Grandfather, Carroll, and Uncle, Lance, both earned Harvard MBA's … Father, Doug, played basketball at Dartmouth and competed on the AVP tour.

Caleb Zimmick, Middle Hitter, 6-9, 190, Middleton, Wis./Middleton

A three-year volleyball competitor … Served as team captain his senior year… Named the 2010-11 team MVP … Named All-State Second-Team … Earned All-Area Player of the Year honors as decided by the Wisconsin State Journal … Named conference player of the year during his senior season … Named second-team all-conference in his junior campaign … Contributed to five-year conference championship run from 2006-11  … Helped his team qualify for the state tournament two years in a row … Set state tournament record for most solo blocks in a five-game match (9) … Earned High Honor Roll recognition all four years in school … Member of the National Honor Society … Traveled on mission trips to Belize (twice), Mississippi, and New Mexico … A band member during his four years …  Served as an academic tutor … Mother, Wendy, played volleyball at Wisconsin … Cousin, Abbie Lund, will be a member of the Dartmouth women's hockey team.