Clemens and Madden pick up their first conference academic accolade (photo courtesy Zack Williamson).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Branden Clemens and Nick Madden of the Harvard men's volleyball team have been recognized for their work in the classroom and on the court as the sophomore and senior were tabbed to the 2014 EIVA All-Academic Team Friday afternoon. It is the first such award for both members of the Crimson.
In order to earn EIVA all-academic credentials, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.50 grade point average for the current academic year, have progressed past their first year of eligibility and participated in at least 60 percent of their team's sets.
Clemens, an economics concentrator, played in 71 sets over 23 matches this season to average 1.13 kps, 0.77 dps and 0.35 bps. The outside hitter from Carmel, Ind., posted a career-day against Concordia Feb. 25 as he registered a match-high 17 kills, eight digs and a career-best seven blocks.
Madden ranks second on the squad with 2.20 dps and 2.55 kps while hitting .231 in 80 sets this season. On the defensive side of the net, the senior co-captain has recorded double-digit digs in 11 matches this year to total 165 digs, which ranks seventh on the Crimson's season annals. An outside hitter who hails from San Diego, Calif., he notched three double-doubles in his final campaign in Cambridge to bring his career total to seven. Madden will graduate with his name on five of Harvard's all-time career list; second in digs (486), third in kills (857), fourth in block assists (215), fifth in total blocks (235) and sixth in service aces (60. The economic concentrator's all-academic team accolades add to Madden's growing list of commendations as he was named to the All-EIVA first team earlier this week and picked up three EIVA Defensive Player of the Week nods for three consecutive weeks March 10, 17 and 24.
The pair helped Harvard earn multiple program best this season, as the Crimson finished second in the EIVA with a 15-7 overall record and an 11-3 mark in conference play, representing the most league wins in program history. The team also enjoyed the highest AVCA national ranking at No. 13 Jan. 6.