Matt Jones had a team-high 13 kills against NYU (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Matt Jones and Kyle Rehkemper each tallied double-digit kills, but it was not enough to overcome the impressive hitting of NYU, as Harvard fell 3-1. The Crimson drop to 7-10, 0-4 Hay, while the Violets improve to 15-7, 3-3 Hay.
The early stages of the first set remained close, but the Violets opened up a five-point margin about midway through, 18-13. A Jones kill out of a Harvard timeout closed the gap to four. It would be as close as the Crimson would get as NYU took the opener, 25-18.
Harvard bounced back in the second set, creating a 7-3 lead following a Jones’ service ace. The Violets charged back though and tied the match, 22-22. Jones slammed home another kill and followed it with an outstanding service ace to push the Crimson to a 25-22 set victory. Six Crimson tallied a kill in the set: Michael Owen, Rob Lothman, Chris Gibbons, Nick Madden, Jones and Rehkemper all contributed offensively. Harvard notched 15 kills, hitting .385 for the set.
NYU took charge early in the third set, rushing out to a 10-4 lead, led by Partick Dodd’s two kills. Kills by Gibbons and Rehkemper decreased the deficit to four at 11-7, but the Violets kept plugging away and forced a Crimson timeout with the score 18-11. NYU closed out the set, 25-15, to go up 2-1. It was the third straight set in which the Violets attacked at over 50 percent.
The fourth set was a close battle, tied as late as 19-19. Two Dodd service aces, and a lackluster attacking effort from the Crimson, gave the Violets a 25-20 set win and the match. NYU completed the match with a 42.4 attack percentage.
NYU’s Taylor Fauntleroy had a match-high 14 kills, while Jones for Harvard and the Violets’ Nick Capriccio each converted 13. Dodd finished with 11 kills and Rehkemper ended the match with 10. Owen had a great night at the net for the Crimson, knocking down one solo block and assisting on four others.
The Crimson’s next match will be April 1 when it travels to Juniata for another Hay division matchup.