Freshman DJ White had the second-most amount of kills for the Crimson in Harvard's 3-1 win over Rutgers-Newark on Saturday. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team (15-3, 7-2) kept up its torrid pace this weekend as it secured its third-straight win and its ninth in the last 10, defeating Rutgers-Newark, 3-1 on Friday. Matt Jones turned in yet another solid performance leading the team in kills with 15.
Harvard jumped out ahead of the Scarlet Raiders early taking the first set 25-20. Rutgers-Newark fought right back in the second stanza taking it 25-18. After a short intermission, Harvard regrouped and took the third set, 25-15, in dominating fashion.
In the deciding fourth set Harvard was quick to the early lead thanks to back-to-back kills by Jones followed by a kill from freshman DJ White, putting Harvard up 4-0. With the score 7-5, Rutgers-Newark went on a run of its own, tallying three of the next four points to narrow the score to 9-8, Crimson with the lead. The two teams continued to trade points throughout the set but it wasn't till the score was 13-10, Crimson, did Harvard begin to pull away. A Brett Pickens service error started the run as Madden and Jones provided kills of their own, to aid a 5-2 run, putting Harvard up 18-12. The Scarlet Raiders attempted to come back in the set tallying late points but Harvard kept its distance splitting the final 14 points (7-7) with Rutgers-Newark and taking the set, 25-20, and the match 3-1.
Jones paced the Crimson attack with 15 kills while freshman DJ White and sophomore Nick Madden both registered nine. Junior Rob Lothman dished out 32 assists while White held the team lead in digs with six. Sophomore Michael Owen tallied the most blocks for the Crimson with five.
The Scarlet Raider offense was buoyed by the efforts of Grant Metheny and Marcin Midura who both tallied 12 kills. Manuel Felipez tallied 41 assists while Zack Chambers led the team with eight digs. Both Metheny and Pickens registered two blocks for Rutgers-Newark.
Harvard will now play NJIT on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. at the Malkin Athletic Center. The Crimson will celebrate the careers of seniors Matt Jones and Dan Schreff as the two will play their final home game in Cambridge, Mass.