No. 15 Harvard Men’s Volleyball Tripped Up by NJIT, 3-1

No. 15 Harvard Men’s Volleyball Tripped Up by NJIT, 3-1

NEWARK, N.J.– The No. 15 Harvard men's volleyball team fell to 17-4 (9-5 in EIVA) on Friday night as it was tripped up by NJIT, 3-1. Senior Matt Jones and freshman DJ White combined for 28 kills to spark the Crimson offense but were unable to get the best of the Highlanders.

NJIT jumped out to a 2-0 leading in the match as it won the first two sets, 25-21, 29-27. The Crimson fought back in the third edging the Highlanders 25-23.

After NJIT staked a 4-2 lead in the fourth set, Harvard was able to even it at 4-4 off a Highlander service and attack error. The two teams continued to trade points as they played to 11 ties through the next 18 points. With the score 13-13, NJIT tallied three-straight points, helped by kills from Chris Kaepernick and Kevin Van Oss, forcing a Harvard timeout. The Break didn't halt the Highlander momentum as NJIT went on a 3-1 run to extend its lead to 19-14. White was able to turn the tide registering two kills as Harvard secured the next three points, making it 19-17, forcing the Highlanders to call a timeout. Out of the break the two teams continued to battle but NJIT was able to edge Harvard 25-22,  and took the match 3-1.

Jones and White paced the Crimson offense with 20 and 18 kills respectively, while sophomore Chris Gibbons led the team with 11 digs. Junior Rob Lothman tallied 44 assists while sophomore Will Chambers had five blocks.

Kaepernick paced the Highlanders with 17 kills while TJ Jurko tallied 14. Brady Smith led the team in digs with 12, while Doug Battersby had six blocks to lead NJIT. Adam Gustafson had a good day in the assists department, dishing out 49 helpers.

Harvard will wrap up its regular season tomorrow night at 7 p.m., when it takes on Rutgers-Newark.