Men's Volleyball Topples Endicott, 3-1

Men's Volleyball Topples Endicott, 3-1

The Crimson has won each of its first two matches by scores of 3-1 (photo courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard men's volleyball team earned its second victory in as many matches in 2011, downing Endicott 3-1. Matt Jones and Chris Gibbons paced the Crimson with 20 and 16 kills, respectively.

Harvard was able to jump out to a quick two-set lead behind solid attacking on its part and poor attacking from the Gulls. Endicott committed nine attack errors in the first set and eight in the second. Conversely, the Crimson tallied 15 kills in set one and followed with 13 in the second.

Jones hammered five kills in each of the first two sets, while Gibbons had scored nine by the end of the second. Sophomore Rob Lothman led the Crimson with 27 assists early in the match. Harvard won each of the first two sets 25-21.

The Gulls found their wings in the third set and grabbed an early 11-5 set lead, forcing a Harvard timeout. Marred with committing 10 attack errors itself and 11 kills by Endicott, the Crimson's two set lead was split in half as the Gulls took the third set, 25-21.

The Crimson collected themselves between sets and came back in the fourth set with the attacking instinct it had in the early stages of the match. Jones landed six more kills and a service ace to help propel the Crimson to 25-19 set victory.

"It was great to see our team rebound after dropping the third set and come out and take the fourth the way they did, especially with the young squad that we have," said head coach Brian Baise after the match.

Freshman Kyle Rehkemper followed his solid debut on Tuesday with a six kill and eight block assists performance against the Gulls. Classmate Nick Madden also assisted on eight blocks, while smashing eight kills.

Harvard will host AVCA Division III No. 1 Springfield Tues., Feb. 1, at the Malkin Athletic Center. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.