Matt Jones (center) had a match-high 14 kills against Sacred Heart (photo courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men’s volleyball team dropped its third straight match, falling to Sacred Heart at the Malkin Athletic Center, 3-0. The Crimson fall to 6-4, 0-2 Hay, this season.
Harvard jumped out to an early 10-6 lead on the Pioneers in the first set. Matt Jones tallied two kills and a service, while Nick Madden added a kill in the Crimson early offensive burst.
Sacred Heart regrouped and following two Crimson attack errors and a Patrick Sibley service ace, the Pioneers took a 16-15 lead. After a Harvard timeout, Sibley knocked home a second service ace, propelling the Pioneers to a 25-20 set victory.
In the second set, Sacred Heart’s Roger Parent opened with a kill and Tim Sadowski scored a service ace to give the Pioneers a 2-0 lead. Harvard tied the match at 12-12, but was unable to take the lead. The Pioneers ran away with a 25-18 set victory.
The Crimson came out in the third set with a renewed sense of energy and following two Rob Lothman service aces, Sacred Heart called a timeout. The break in play helped shift momentum back across the net as the Pioneers won 10 of the next 15 points and took a 16-13 lead. Harvard got back within one at 21-20, but Enzo MacKenzie registered two clutch kills and Sacred Heart won the set 25-23.
Jones led all players with a match-high 14 kills, accounting for 29 of the Crimson’s kill total. Bradley Borsay led the Pioneers with 12 kills on 23 attempts.
The Crimson will host Hay division rival Juniata March 4 and Ivy League foe Princeton March 5.