Harvard Men's Volleyball Prepared for Juniata, Princeton Matchups
Rob Lothman (left) and Nick Madden (right) will host Juniata and Princeton this weekend (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
The Harvard men’s volleyball team will host a pair of matches this weekend. EIVA Hay division leader, Juniata, visits Cambridge Friday night before Ivy League rival Princeton heads to the Malkin Athletic Center for a Saturday afternoon matchup.
Scouting the Crimson
After starting the season winning six of its first seven, Harvard is on a three-match losing skid. The Crimson dropped a three-set affair to Hay division member Sacred Heart Feb. 26, falling to 0-2 in division play.
The Crimson met Juniata Feb. 19 in its second road match of the season. Harvard fell 3-0 to the Eagles in the match.
Harvard is currently second in the EIVA in blocks per set, knocking down 2.65 per frame. Nick Madden paces the Crimson with 1.36 blocks per set, good for second in the EIVA.
Scouting The Eagles
Juniata enters Friday’s contest with an 11-9 overall record, 4-0 Hay. The Eagles are ranked fourth in the most recent AVCA Division III poll and sit atop the Hay division rankings.
Juniata is second in the EIVA in opponent hitting percentage. Opponents are currently only attacking at a 20.9 percent clip against the Eagles.
Ben Wolff leads the Eagles in hitting percentage, converting 49.3 of his attack attempts, and has 156 kills this season.
Scouting The Tigers
Princeton opened the season with a 1-2 record during its California road swing. Since then, the Tigers have dropped seven stright and sit at 1-9 overall.
Pat Schwagler leads the Tigers’ attack, averaging 3.00 kills per set. Jeff Stapleton follows closely, averging 2.82 kills per set, while Vincent Tuminelli averages 2.57 per set.
The Crimson will be off for a week before heading west to face three California teams. Harvard will take on Cal St. Northridge (March 12), Pepperdine (March 15) and Sourthern California (March 16).