Nick Madden and the Crimson will host Stevens Saturday (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men's volleyball team hosts Stevens Saturday at the Malkin Athletic Center. The Crimson is coming off a 3-1 victory over Rivier.
Scouting the Crimson
Harvard's 4-1 start to the season is the best since 2004 when the Crimson started 5-1. All four wins have come at the comfy confines of the Malkin Athletic Center.
The Crimson once again jumped out to a two-set lead Wednesday against Rivier and captured the win in the fourth set. Matt Jones and Kyle Rehkemper both tallied 14 kills to lead the Crimson.
Wednesday's contest against Rivier was the best attacking match of the season for the Crimson, converting 35.2 percent of all attack attempts.
Scouting The Ducks
Stevens, ranked sixth in the AVCA Division III poll, enters Saturday's match with an overall record of 8-2. The Ducks are coming off a thrilling five-set win over Division III No. 2 and EIVA Hay Division member, Juniata, Wednesday evening.
Senior SteFan PremDas paced the Ducks with a match-high 20 kills in the win over Juniata. PremDas is second on Stevens roster averaging 3.67 kills per set.
Jon Rohan leads the Ducks with a 4.00 kills per set average. Three Ducks have knocked down at least 25 blocks through the first 10 matches of the season. Jake Modestow has notched 42, PremDas has 28 blocks and Timothy Karl has 25.
Glass Half Full
In the second set of the Rivier match, Harvard converted 50 percent of its attack attempts. It was the second time this season the Crimson has hit that well in one set, the first coming during the third set of Harvard's 3-1 comeback win over MIT Feb. 5.
In the Crimson's first four wins of the season, it is averaging 12.88 kills per set. That is almost double the 6.67 kills per set Harvard had in its lone loss this season.
Sharing is Key
A critical component to Harvard early season succes has been the slew of players invloved in the attacking game. Four Crimson student-athletes are currently averaging more than 1.50 kills per set. Jones leads the Crimson with a 3.68 clip, while Chris Gibbons (2.74), Rehkemper (2.16) and Nick Madden (1.53) are all attacking well for Harvard.
The Crimson will wrap up its seven-match homestand Monday evening when AVCA Division III No. 1 Springfield makes the trip to Cambridge.