Harvard Men's Volleyball Drops Match at Sacred Heart

Harvard Men's Volleyball Drops Match at Sacred Heart

Matt Jones had 22 kills for the Crimson against Sacred Heart (Gil Talbot).

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Harvard men’s volleyball team dropped a four-set match to Sacred Heart Friday evening, 3-1. The loss drops the Crimson to 7-11 this season.

In the opening set the Crimson converted 13 kills, but the Pioneers converted 15 and took the set, 25-22. Superior attacking dominated the second set on both sides of the net as Sacred Heart knocked home 18 kills on a .516 hitting percentage, while the Crimson tallied 14 of its own on a .387 hitting percentage. The Pioneers though, would take the set again, 25-22.

Harvard rallied in the third to close the gap to 2-1 after capturing a 25-23 victory. The Crimson used 13 kills, while only committing 5 errors in the set in route to taking the set from the Pioneers.

The Pioneers rebounded in the fourth, playing to a 25-19 set victory, clinching the match. Sacred Heart had 14 kills in the winning set, with only three errors.

Enzo Mackenzie led all hitters with 26 kills, while Matt Jones led the Crimson with a 22-kill effort with a 46.2 attack percentage. Chris Gibbons contributed 10 kills and a team-high 15 digs for Harvard. Nick Madden had nine kills of his own to go with four blocking assists.

The Crimson will be back in action Saturday afternoon as it visits Princeton for a 2 p.m. match.