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Harvard Men’s Volleyball Keeps Rolling with 3-0 Win Over Springfield

An all too familiar sight to Crimson fans as Matt Jones leads the Crimson in kills and records a .682 hitting percentage to lead the Crimson to its second straight 3-0 victory of the season. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team continued its winning momentum, defeating Springfield 3-0 at the Malkin Athletic Center on Saturday night. Matt Jones was brilliant once again, leading the team in kills with 16 helping the Crimson to improve to 3-0 on the year.

Harvard was able to gain the early advantage in the opening set, jumping out to a 12-6 lead. The Crimson continued to pour on the pressure riding the offense of Jones, freshman Caleb Zimmick and sophomore Nick Madden extending its lead to 20-14. Harvard pushed it to set point but Springfield mounted a comeback reeling off eight straight points thanks to the adept serving of Mark Pelletier. With the score 24-22 it was Jones that would clinch the set, slamming down a kill which earned Harvard a 1-0 lead.

In the second set Harvard once again jumped out in front early opening up a slim 12-10 lead. The Pride and Crimson exchanged several points until Harvard pulled away off of a setting error on Angel Perez making it 15-13. Harvard gained steam as they rode a 10-6 run to close out the set 25-19. Jones recorded three of the final 10 points in the set.

After opening with an early 10-6 lead, Springfield went on a 7-3 run, knotting the set up at 13 apiece. Teams exchanged points until  two straight kills from freshman DJ White put Harvard up 22-19. That would make all the difference as the Crimson went on to score the set's final three points to close out the match 3-0.

Harvard got offense from familiar sources throughout the match as Jones led with 16 kills and a hitting percentage of .682, meanwhile Madden continued his stellar campaign registering 11 kills. The freshman tandem of Zimmick and White provided offense of its own combining for 15 kills. Zimmick once again was a defensive stalwart leading the team with five of the teams 12 blocks. Junior Rob Lothman paced the Crimson in digs with six.

Harvard will return to action on Feb. 4 when it meets cross-town rival, MIT. The match is slated for 7 p.m.  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team continued its winning momentum, defeating Springfield 3-0 at the Malkin Athletic Center on Saturday night. Matt Jones was brilliant once again, leading the team in kills with 16 helping the Crimson to improve to 3-0 on the year. 


Harvard was able to gain the early advantage in the opening set, jumping out to a 12-6 lead. The Crimson continued to pour on the pressure riding the offense of Jones, freshman Caleb Zimmick and sophomore Nick Madden extending its lead to 20-14. Harvard pushed it to set point but Springfield mounted a comeback reeling off eight straight points thanks to the adept serving of Mark Pelletier. With the score 24-22 it was Jones that would clinch the set, slamming down a kill which earned Harvard a 1-0 lead.

In the second set Harvard once again jumped out in front early opening up a slim 12-10 lead. The Pride and Crimson exchanged several points until Harvard pulled away off of a setting error on Angel Perez making it 15-13. Harvard gained steam as they rode a 10-6 run to close out the set 25-19. Jones recorded three of the final 10 points in the set.

After opening with an early 10-6 lead, Springfield went on a 7-3 run, knotting the set up at 13 apiece. Teams exchanged points until  two-straight kills from freshman DJ White put Harvard up 22-19. That would make all the difference as the Crimson went on to score the set's final three points to close out the match 3-0.

Harvard got offense from familiar sources throughout the match as Jones led with 16 kills and a hitting percentage of .682, meanwhile Madden continued his stellar campaign registering 11 kills. The freshman tandem of Zimmick and White provided offense of its own combining for 15 kills. Zimmick once again was a defensive stalwart leading the team with five of the teams 12 blocks. Junior Rob Lothman paced the Crimson in digs with six.

Harvard will return to action on Feb. 4 when it meets cross-town rival, MIT. The match is slated for 7 p.m.