Jones ’12 is the first Harvard men’s volleyball alumnus to sign a professional contract (Gil Talbot).
Bartrange, Luxembourg – After rewriting the Crimson record books in his four seasons in Cambridge, former Harvard men’s volleyball outside hitter Matt Jones ’12 has signed a one-year contract with Volley Bartreng, a professional volleyball team in Luxembourg. The La Jolla, Calif., native will be the team’s starting outside hitter during its 2012-13 campaign.
“I could not be more excited to continue my athletic career and represent Harvard in doing so,” Jones, who started all 24 matches for the Crimson last season, said. “I owe Harvard, the athletic department, the athletic trainers, my coaches and my teammates a great deal for giving me the opportunity to play volleyball at the Division I level and the tools to play professionally overseas. I wish the team and all of Harvard athletics continued success.”
During his senior season, Jones became the Crimson’s all-time leader in career kills (1,218), digs (452) and service aces (97). His 345 kills in 2012 were good for second-most in a single season, behind only the 391 kills Brady Weissbourd ’09 tallied in 2009.
Jones, who recorded double-digit kills in 22 of 24 matches, registered 16 kills as Harvard picked up its first win against a ranked opponent under head coach Brian Baise by upsetting No. 12 Cal Northridge, 3-1, on the road March 10. The Crimson standout garnered first-team All-EIVA honors and was named to the EIVA All-Tournament team.
"We are all very excited for Matt,” Baise added. “He is perhaps the hardest working player I have ever coached, and he brings so many great qualities to a team. I am not surprised that he has made it to this level. He will be a valuable addition to the Volley Bartreng roster."
Jones helped the squad achieve its first-ever national ranking, ending the season at No. 15, and finish seventh in the NCAA in hitting percentage (.298).