Men's Volleyball Receives Four All-EIVA Selections in Wake of Conference Tournament
The Crimson's four All-EIVA selections are the most under head coach Brian Baise (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team established a new benchmark for the program when four of its student-athletes named to the 2013 All-EIVA teams in a conference announcement on Friday. Sophomore DJ White nabbed his second first-team honor and senior Rob Lothman, junior Kyle Rehkemper and second-year Caleb Zimmick were voted to the second team giving the Crimson its most all-conference selections since the 1993 squad had four All-Ivy honorees.
"To have these four guys named to the All EIVA team, particularly in a highly competitive season like this one, is a great honor not just for the individual players but for the program as a whole," head coach Brian Baise said. "These guys have been impact players for us all year, and it's great to see their accomplishments and their hard work recognized by the EIVA coaches."
The All-EIVA accolades are the second such awards for Lothman and White, who each were named to their respective teams following the 2012 season, while Rehkemper and Zimmick have been recognized for the first time in their collegiate careers.
One of the best outside hitters in the league, White ranked third in the EIVA for hitting percentage (.314) and sixth in kills per set (3.21). White registered 10 matches with 10 or more kills, including four with 15 or more. He demonstrated his offensive efficiency with hitting percentage of .400 or greater in six matches. The first-team accolade adds to White's growing list of commendations, as he was named AVCA National Player of the Week on Feb. 19, as well as EIVA Offensive Player of the Week honors collected on Jan. 22 and Feb. 18.
Lothman delivered the third best assists per set average (10.16) in the conference during his senior season. The Crimson captain helped the team hit .300 or better in eight matches and charted 17 matches with 30 or more assists. Lothman's 57 assists against NJIT on April 12 were the third most in a single match at Harvard. On March 19, the native of Glendale, Mo. surpassed Mike Bookman '03 to become Harvard's all-time assists leader. With 3,018 helpers, Lothman is the only player in Crimson history to record 3,000 assists in a career.
Rehkemper proved a versatile threat for the Crimson all season. The middle blocker recorded 70 total blocks and 20 aces for the eighth best blocks per set (0.90) and aces per set (0.26) averages in the EIVA. The 2013 regular season saw Rehkemper tally 11 matches with at least five kills, including three with 10 or more, and simultaneously earn EIVA Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors April 15.
Also one of the league's most efficient hitters, Zimmick recorded the second highest hitting percentage (.352) in the EIVA and 10th in the nation. The sophomore from Middleton, Wis. shined at the net as well, producing the third highest blocks per set average (1.25) in the conference and ninth best in the NCAA. Zimmick's 105 total blocks are second most in the EIVA and sixth most ever in a single season at Harvard.
To view all the selections for the 2013 All-EIVA Team, please click here.
The Crimson finished the regular season 17-8 overall and 10-4 in conference action. For the second straight year and third time during his tenure, Baise has guided Harvard to a berth in the EIVA Tournament.
The third-seeded Crimson will face second-seed George Mason in the first round of the EIVA Tournament Thursday, April 25, in University Park, Pa. Match time is slated for 5:30 p.m. Harvard fell in both matches against the Patriots this season.