Harvard opens the 2011 schedule with seven-straight home contests (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's volley ball team opens its 2011 schedule with a home match against Newbury, Tuesday night at the Malkin Athletic Center. The match-up between the Crimson and the Nighthawks will be the fifth of the series that began in January 2005. Newbury won the first two meetings between the schools, while Harvard has captured the two most recent meetings including last season's 3-1 win at Newbury.
After last season's 5-16 overall record and 3-5 mark in the EIVA Hay Division, the Crimson will be seeking to improve on both and return to postseason play this season.
Five freshmen join the 2011 squad for the Crimson and they bring with them some much desired height. Harvard's three tallest players are all rookies this season: Michael Owen (6'7"), Kyle Rehkemper (6'6") and Nick Madden (6'5").
Scouting the Crimson
In addition to five new freshmen joining Harvard in 2011, lone senior Shaun Mansour will return to the court after an injury forced him to miss the 2010 campaign.
Junior co-captains Matt Jones and Dan Schreff will take the leadership reigns of the young Crimson squad, both having played integral roles on last season's team. Jones led the team in aces per set (.30) a year ago.
Sophomore setters Rob Lothman and Derek Jansma will also play key roles within the Crimson offense this season. Lothman averaged 9.73 assists per set last season. Classmate, and middle blocker, Paul Glootz also returns for his second season and will play an integral role in Harvard's success this year.
Scouting The Nighthawks
Newbury enters the match against Harvard with a 2-4 overall record. The Nighthawks captured one of three matches this past weekend at the Stevens Tech Tournament, downing Hunter College, 3-2, on Saturday.
Newbury's first 10 matches of this season are all either road or neutral contests. So far the Nighthawks are 1-1 on the road and 1-3 at neutral sites. Newbury is a mix of young and old with six freshmen and four seniors on the roster, as well as one sophomore and two juniors.
Starting at Home
The Crimson will open the season with seven home games at the Malkin Athletic Center. Harvard will make its first road trip on Feb. 18 when it travels to St. Francis (Pa.).
Harvard is the final EIVA Hay Division team to begin play this season. The Crimson's first divisional match-up comes on Feb. 19 when it heads to Juniata.