Harvard will being seeking its third victory of 2011 against the Lancers (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's volleyball team will play its third match of the season against visiting Cal Baptist Thursday evening after Tuesday's match against Springfield was postponed. The Lancers enter the match with a 7-3 record, while the Crimson remain unbeaten at 2-0.
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard's 2-0 start is the first since the 2008 season. The Crimson won each of its first two matches by identical 3-1 scores.
Junior Matt Jones has been an offensive catalyst for the Crimson so far, tallying 35 kills, 10 digs and 10 total blocks in the first week of play.
A trio of freshmen have also made an impact early in the season. Chris Gibbons, nick Madden and Kyle Rehkemper have notched 20, 15 and 14 kills, respectively. Madden also leads the Crimson with 13 total blocks, while Rehkemper is second on the team with 12.
Scouting The Lancers
Cal Baptist is currently ranked No. 1 in the AVCA NAIA poll with a 7-3 record. The Lancers are currently on a six-match win streak that dates back to their Jan. 14 win over Springfield.
Five of the Lancers wins this season have come over teams ranked in either the AVCA Division I-II or Division III polls. The match against Harvard will be the first for Cal Baptitist since downing Princeton, 3-0, a week ago.
Freshmen Sebastien Steigmeier and junior Levi Cabral pace the Lancers with a 4.05 and 3.51 kills per set average, respectively. Steigmeier also leads Cal Baptist in blocks this season with 29, while Joseph Fitzpatrick is only two behind at 27.
Four freshmen have played an integral role in the Crimson's early season success. Rehkemper, Madden, Gibbons and Michael Owen are all in the top five in points per set for Harvard.
Sophomore Rob Lothman has recorded 67 assists through the Crimson's first two matches. His 9.57 per set average is seventh in the EIVA.
Harvard leads the EIVA in blocks per set at 3.62. Madden is contributing 1.62 per set, while Rehkemper is averaging 1.50 in each of the eight sets for the Crimson. Jones is also averaging over one per set at 1.25 and leads the team in solo blocks with five this season.
MIT will make the short trip to the Malkin Athletic Center Saturday evening. It will be the fourth straight home match for the Crimson to start the season.