Men's Volleyball Drops Close Five Set Match to Sacred Heart

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard men's volleyball team lost a close, five-set match to Sacred Heart Friday evening at the Malkin Athletic Center. The match featured 53 ties and 19 lead changes, as the Crimson ultimately fell, 3-2 (30-23, 31-33, 32-30, 26-30, 15-13), to the visiting Pioneers.

Matt Jones led all players with 26 kills on the night. He also added eight digs and seven block assists. Senior co-captain Erik Kuld tallied 19 kills and 10 digs on the night. Freshman Rob Lothman handed out 64 assists in the five-set match.

Harvard fell behind in the first set and couldn't regain the lead, losing 30-23. The Crimson tied the match with a 33-31 victory in the second set, powered by six assists from senior co-captain Gil Weintraub. In the third set, Harvard and Sacred Heart traded points, accumulating a total of 23 ties or lead changes, as the Pioneers came away with a 32-30 victory. In the fourth set, Jones led the Crimson past Sacred Heart, 30-26, with nine kills and just two errors, for a .500 hitting percentage.

With the match tied at 2-2, Harvard was unable to pick up a win in the fifth set, falling 15-13. The Crimson returns to action tomorrow afternoon to face NJIT. The match will be the final home contest for seniors Weintraub, Kuld, Soren Rosier and Nick Manzo. First serve is slated for 3 p.m.