Harvard Men’s Volleyball Wins Five-Set Thriller Against Princeton

Harvard Men’s Volleyball Wins Five-Set Thriller Against Princeton

Madden led the team with 16 kills helping Harvard complete a five set, come-frome-behind victory against conference rival Princeton.

PRINCETON, N.J.-  The Harvard men's volleyball team won in dramatic fashion for the second-straight night, coming back from being down 2-1 to win in five sets. Sophomore Nick Madden led the Crimson in kills with 16 to help Harvard improve to 11-2 on the year, 5-2 in the EIVA.

Harvard lost the first two sets by close margins of 25-22 and 25-23 to find itself down 2-0 in the match. However the Crimson was able to rally winning the next two sets, 25-19 and 25-21, forcing the deciding fifth set.

In the final set the two teams traded points early on as Harvard opened up with a kill from Will Chambers, but a service error knotted things back up at 1-1. With the score 2-2 Harvard scored three-striaght points as the freshman tandem of DJ White and Caleb Zimmick helped push Harvard to a 5-2 lead, forcing a Tiger timeout. Coming out the break Harvard didn't relent scoring three-straight points to extend the led to 8-2, forcing Princeton to call its second timeout. It seemed the breather helped the Tigers as they tallied the next two points as Harvard recorded two errors, but the momentum was fleeting as the Crimson went on a 5-0 run to extend its lead to 13-4. The Tigers once again attempted a comeback recording three-straight points but Harvard was able to close out the set on an attack error by Cody Kessel and a kill by Madden to seal the set, 15-7.

Madden paced the Crimson with 16 kills while senior Matt Jones followed behind with 15. Junior Rob Lothman had another game with over 50 assists, tallying 51, while Chambers led the Crimson defense with one solo block and five block assists. Kessel was the driving force for the Princeton offense registering 15 kills while Scott Liljestrom dished out 43 assists in the match. Michael Dye recorded three solo blocks and five block assists. Meanwhile Tony Ensbury and Jeff Stapleton shared the team lead in digs with eight apiece.

Harvard will next be in action on its California road trip as it takes on Cal State Northridge, Pepperdine and Cal Baptist. Those matches are slated for March 10, 12 and 13, respectively