Men’s Volleyball Powers Past NJIT, 3-1

A trio of Crimson tallied double-digit kills in the victory (photo courtesy Zack Williamson).

NEWARK, N. J. – The Harvard men's volleyball team powered past NJIT Friday night, 3-1, at the Estelle and Zoom Fleischer Athletic Center. The victory came by set scores 25-23, 22-25, 25-19 and 25-19.

The win, coupled with a Princeton loss at George Mason, moves the Crimson into sole possession of second place in the EIVA standings with a 14-7 overall record and 10-3 conference mark. The triumph was also Harvard's sixth in its last seventh meetings with NJIT (8-16, 2-10 EIVA).

Nick Madden totaled 17 kills and 10 digs, while hitting a season-high .438 for his fourth double-double of the year and eighth of the senior's career. Junior DJ White and sophomore Branden Clemens added 16 kills and 14 kills, respectively. White hit a .500 clip, while classmate Caleb Zimmick served three aces. Freshman Nick Bendell led the Crimson to a .387 hitting clip with 52 assists.

Kajetan Borecki scored a team-high 15 kills for NJIT.

A back and forth affair opened the first frame before Harvard rallied on a 6-2 spurt that featured kills from Zimmick, Madden and senior Kyle Rehkemper to bring the score to 12-8. The Crimson embarked on an 8-5 run out of a NJIT timeout to hold a 19-15 advantage.  The Highlanders didn't go down without a fight, however, as the hosts scored nine of the next 13 points to cut Harvard's edge to one point, 24-23. A scoring kill from Rehkemper secured the 25-23 victory for the Crimson.  

Harvard ran out to an 8-5 lead in the second set before NJIT rallied with an 8-3 stretch to take the lead 13-11. The Crimson could not form a rally as the Highlanders tallied three straight points to take the set, 25-22.

The Crimson jumped out to a 10-3 edge in the third set before the Highlanders used a 10-3 spurt of their own to knot the match at 13-13. A kill from Zimmick sparked a 6-2 run for Harvard and pushed the score to 19-15. Two Madden kills split by a kill from Clemens put the frame away, 25-19.

The score went back-and-forth to open the final frame before a tally from Bendell equalized the score at 15-15. Bendell broke the tie with his second kill of the day to help Harvard close the match strong with an 8-3 run to take the match, 25-19. 

Harvard caps off its 2014 regular season tomorrow afternoon at Rutgers-Newark at 2 p.m.