The Crimson will host 11 matches at the MAC (photo courtesy Ben Barnhart).
2014 Men's Volleyball Schedule
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Eleven home matches under the roof of the Malkin Athletic Center await the Harvard men's volleyball team for the upcoming season as head coach Brian Baise announced the team's 2014 schedule Wednesday afternoon.
The Crimson will begin the 34th season on the road at the UCSB Invitational in Santa Barbara, Calif., Jan. 3-4. From The Golden State, Harvard will cross the border to the U.S.'s neighbor to the north for two matches against international foe, Laval, Jan. 8-9.
Harvard returns to Cambridge to open its home portion of its schedule with two non-conference matches versus Lewis (Jan. 24) and Loyola-Chicago (Jan. 25) before traveling across town to MIT (Feb. 1).
On Feb. 7 the team returns to the friendly confines of the MAC for the EIVA opener against Sacred Heart. That precedes a tough stretch of conference matches on the road as the Crimson travels to Princeton (Feb. 13), George Mason (Feb. 14), Saint Francis (Feb. 21) and Penn State (Feb. 22). Mid-week home-action against Concordia Feb. 19 breaks up the four-game conference stretch.
A pair of home matches against Rutgers-Newark and NJIT is slated for Feb. 28 and March 1 while road contests at George Mason and Princeton will take place a week later, March 7-8.
Harvard will take a three-match break from conference play when it welcomes Marymount to the MAC March 11, travels to Ball State March 16 and concludes non-conference action two days later at Ohio State.
April begins with the home finale as the Crimson hosts Penn State and Saint Francis April 4-5, before the regular season schedule comes to a close on the road with matches at NJIT and Rutgers-Newark April 11-12.
Harvard, which returns 11 letterwinners, ended last year on a high note as the Crimson made its first appearance in the EIVA championship match. Havard also defeated Penn State during the regular season for the first time in school history and finished the year 18-9 overall, 10-4 in the EIVA.