Harvard Men's Volleyball Hosts Cal Baptist in Mid-Week Action

Harvard Men's Volleyball Hosts Cal Baptist in Mid-Week Action

Lothman (left), Madden (middle) and Gibbons (right) have all played a large part in the Crimson's successful 4-0 start to its 2012 campaign. (Gil Talbot) 

The Particulars
The Harvard men's volleyball team begins a seven-game homestand on Wed., Feb. 8 when it hosts Cal Baptist at the Malkin Athletic Center. The match is slated for 7 p.m.

Scouting the Crimson
Harvard's 4-0 record to begin the season is the best start its had since 1993 when the Crimson went 12-0 to start the year.
Junior Matt Jones and sophomore Nick Madden have sparked the Crimson offense leading the team in kills with 60 and 53, respectively.
The Crimson has aslo been buoyed by a pair of freshmen who have produced early for Harvard as DJ White is third on the team in kills with 33 while Caleb Zimmick is fourth with 29 and leads the team in blocks with 17.

Scouting the Lancers
Cal Baptist enters the contest 2-7 after falling to #9 Ohio State and #5 Penn State at the Penn State Invitational this past weekend. One of the Lancer's wins came against a familiar opponent for the Crimson in the form of Princeton. Cal Baptist defeated the Tigers 3-1 in Riverside Calif.

Aaron McCalmont and Kristopher Johnson lead the Lancers in kills with 93 and 84, respectively.

The duo also leads in blocks as well, with Johnson registering 23, while McCalmont is tied for second with 10. Look to Connor Metcalfe to serve as the team's primary setter, as he has racked up 267 assists on the year.

Can't Keep up With The Jones
Senior Matt Jones has been prolific through his career with Harvard and it looks like he's trying to make his final year at Harvard his best yet. The La Jolla, Calif. native paces the Crimson in kills with 60, and kills per set, 4.29. Jones is also at the top of the leaderboard of three EIVA categoreis leading in kills, hitting percentage (.411) and services aces per set (0.43).

Helping Hand
Look no further than Junior Rob Lothman to lend a helping hand. Lothman leads the team in assists with 107 through the team's first four games.

New Kid On The Block
Its not hard to spot number 10 on the court for the Crimson with Caleb Zimmick coming in at 6-9,  and its been even more difficult to avoid him for the opposing team. Zimmick has recoreded 17 total blocks and leads the EIVA in blocks per set with a 1.21 average.

Up Next
Harvard will host its first conference matches of the season playing host to Geroge Mason and Princeton on Feb. 10 and 11, respectively. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m. starts.