Cal Baptist Hands Harvard Men’s Volleyball First Loss

Cal Baptist Hands Harvard Men’s Volleyball First Loss

The Harvard men's volleyball team fell to 2-1 Thursday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard men's volleyball suffered its first defeat of 2011 Thursday night, as Cal Baptist downed the Crimson, 3-0. Harvard drops to 2-1, while the Lancers improved to 8-3.

Cal Baptist, the AVCA NAIA Division No. 1, jumped out to an early 12-8 lead in the first set, forcing a Crimson timeout. The stop in play failed to halt the Lancers momentum as they would build an 11-point cushion at 24-13. Cal Baptist would only give up one more point before taking the first set, 25-14.

The second set proved to be much of the same as the Lancers converted six services aces. Cal Baptist would take the second set 25-12. Errors were a major contributor to Harvard's offensive inefficiency as it committed 15 attack errors in the first two sets.

Harvard found its ground in the third set, tallying nine kills, but Cal Baptist countered with 12 of its own and six more services aces. The Lancers took the winning set, 25-15. Levi Cabral led Cal Baptist with 10 kills in the match.

A total of 13 receiving errors also plagued the Crimson which lost its first match of the 2011 season. Harvard will look to bounce back Saturday evening as AVCA Division III No. 7 MIT heads to the Malkin Athletic Center for a 7 p.m. match.