No. 15 Harvard men's volleyball enters the final week of the regular season, 17-4 overall (9-3 EIVA) its most wins since 1997 when they went 17-14. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRDIGE, Mass. - In what has been arguably one of Harvard men's volleyball's most successful seasons, the Crimson received even more recognition for its hard work as it was featured as the No. 15 ranked team according the American Volleyball Coaches Association weekly poll. Harvard, which has been receiving votes since its California road trip several weeks ago, finally cracked the rankings in today's edition, getting 26 points, four votes behind No. 14 Loyola-Chicago. This is the first time in the program's history that it's been included in the national poll.
The Crimson have proven to be a force this season as it has gone 9-3 in conference play and 17-4 overall. The 9-3 record is its best conference mark in the program's history and the team is on pace to end the regular season with its best conference finish since 2009 when the Crimson went 6-2 in the EIVA Hay Division.
Harvard is coming off a weekend where it defeated Saint Francis (Pa.) for the second time this season, 3-1, and took No. 7 Penn State to five sets before eventually falling, 3-2. Harvard has swept Princeton, Sacred Heart, Saint Francis (Pa.) this season and has the ability to do that to NJIT and Rutgers-Newark this coming weekend. Harvard also swept the season series against Cal Baptist and upset No. 11 Cal State Northridge on its home court.
Harvard prepares for its final two games of the season when it heads on the road to face NJIT and Rutgers-Newark this Friday and Saturday. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m. starts.