Harvard Men's Volleyball Improves to 4-1; Downs Rivier, 3-1

Harvard Men's Volleyball Improves to 4-1; Downs Rivier, 3-1

Matt Jones (center) tallied 14 kills in Wednesday's win (photo courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard men’s volleyball team jumped out to an early two-set lead and finished Rivier off in the fourth to improve to 4-1 in 2011. All four of the Crimson’s victories this season have been 3-1 decisions.

Chris Gibbons, Matt Jones and Kyle Rehkemper each tallied three kills in the opening set. Rivier had a three-point lead as late as 14-11 in the first set before three Crimson kills and a set error by Steve Visentin evened the score at 15. The Raiders, who began the set with exceptional attacking, went on to commit five errors and Harvard notched five kills to facilitate a 25-22 set win for the Crimson.

The Crimson came out firing in the second set and never cooled off. Harvard racked up 17 kills in the second set, converting 50 percent of its attack attempts. The Raiders were able to keep the score close early in the set before Harvard opened up a 17-13 lead. Shaun Mansour subbed in and slammed home the winning kill to give the Crimson a 25-18 win. Jones knocked home five more kills in the second set.

The Raiders battled back, taking the third 25-23, in what was the closest set of the evening. Harvard forced a tie at 23 before a Sam Kazlas kill and Gibbons attack error sealed the set for Rivier. The Raiders had 15 kills in the third set.

Two kills by Rehkemper and a Jones service ace helped the Crimson jump out to a 10-7 lead in the fourth set. Rivier played tough though and knotted the score at 20. Another kill by Jones and two more from Gibbons, including the match-clinching attack, gave the Crimson a 25-23 set win.

Jones and Gibbons each finished the match with 14 kills and one service ace. Rehkemper tallied nine kills of his own, while Nick Madden recorded eight . Rob Lothman assisted on 34 Crimson points.

Harvard will welcome Stevens to the Malkin Athletic Center Saturday night. The match is slated for 7 p.m.