The Crimson held NYU to a -.047 hitting percentage thanks to 12 blocks (Gil Talbot).
New York, N.Y. – Led by Nick Madden's 13-kill performance and a combined 12.0 blocks on the defensive side of the net, the Harvard men's volleyball team earned its second win to open the year at New York University Saturday afternoon, 3-0. The Crimson took the victory by set scores of 25-21, 25-13 and 25-22.
Madden led all scorers with his 13 kills as DJ White added nine kills, seven digs and four blocks. Rob Lothman and Derek Jansma directed the offense and dished out 20 assists and 13 assists, respectively. Kyle Rehkemper, meanwhile, turned in a match best five blocks, including two solo, to help Harvard (2-0) limit NYU (0-1) to a -.047 hitting percentage.
Rehkemper got the Crimson off to a strong start with a block for the first point of the night and later added a kill as Harvard opened an early 7-3 lead. NYU came back to tie the score at 9-9 and took its lone lead of the set at 12-11, but Harvard responded with a 6-1 stretch to build a 17-13 advantage. The Violets pulled within two points of the Crimson late, 23-21, before a kill by Branden Clemens and an attack error gave Harvard the 25-21 decision.
It was all Crimson in the second set as five errors by NYU put Harvard in control, 7-0. A combined block by Clemens and Caleb Zimmick followed by a Madden kill moved the score to 12-4, and a pair of White kills put the Crimson on top by 10, 19-9. The teams traded points down the stretch before Michael Owen gave Harvard set point, 25-13.
The third set featured 15 tied scores and six lead changes but the Crimson came on strong late to seal the victory. Madden broke the final tie with his 13th kill of the night for a 23-22 advantage and White put the match to bed with his ninth kill for set point, 25-22.
Harvard will be back in action next weekend as it travels to St. Francis (Pa.) on Jan. 25 and Penn State on Jan. 26.