Madden was the offensive driving force for the Crimson last night, recording a career-best 27 kills against Cal Baptist on Tuesday. (Gil Talbot)
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The Harvard men's volleyball defeated Cal Baptist for the second time this season as they took down the Lancers 3-2, in Riverside Calif., Tuesday. Harvard benefited from the firepower of Sophomore Nick Madden who tallied a career-high 27 kills for the Crimson.
Cal Baptist took the first set 25-21 but Harvard was able to take control the next two stanzas, downing the Lancers 25-20 and 25-22, respectively. However in the fourth set Cal Baptist was able to get the best of the Crimson, defeating Harvard 25-20.
In the deciding fifth stanza the Lancers jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead as Harvard committed three attack errors and Daniel Quinn recorded a kill, forcing a Crimson timeout. The breather worked in Harvard's favor as the Crimson went on a 5-1 run, pushing the score to 6-5, forcing a Cal Baptist timeout. The Lancers evened the score on the next play as Kristopher Johnson slammed down a kill, making it 6-6. However Madden responded right away, recording a kill and sparking another 5-1 run, putting Harvard up 11-7, as the Lancers called its final timeout of the set. The break wouldn't halt the Crimson momentum as Harvard scored four of the next six points to take the set 15-9, and the match 3-2.
Madden's career-day paced the Crimson in kills with 27, while senior Matt Jones tallied 11. Junior Rob Lothman had an exemplary day setting up his teammates as he dished out 54 assists, while Madden completed the double-double effort, registering 10 digs. Michael Owen led the defensive efforts as he recorded 10 blocks.
Kristopher Johnson tallied 19 kills for Cal Baptist as Aaron McCalmont was second on the team with 11. Connor Metcalfe recorded 56 assists and Michael Cate tallied 13 digs. Johnson had the team lead in blocks with three.
The Crimson will be back in action on March, 24, when it travels to Fairfield Conn., to take on EIVA rival Sacred Heart.