Men's Volleyball Extends Home Win Streak With 3-0 Victory Over MIT

Men's Volleyball Extends Home Win Streak With 3-0 Victory Over MIT

The Crimson hit .356 against MIT to remain perfect at home (Ben Barnhart).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team remained unbeaten at home in 2013 Tuesday night with a 3-0 win over MIT at the Malkin Athletic Center. The victory came by set scores of 25-23, 25-17 and 25-19.

Rob Lothman guided the Harvard (10-4, 5-3) attack to a .356 hitting percentage and finished the night with 33 assists, five digs and three blocks. DJ White scored a match-high 13 kills while hitting .440 as Nick Madden chipped in 11 kills, three digs and three blocks.

Caleb Zimmick and Chris Gibbons paced the defensive efforts with five blocks and 11 digs, respectively. MIT (11-10) hit just .180 for the match and was led by Matt Hohenberger's 10 kills.

Harvard is now 4-0 at the MAC this season and has won nine straight at home dating back to last year.

The Crimson struggled to find its rhythm in the first set and trailed nearly the entire way. Facing a 21-19 deficit, Harvard rattled off two straight points to tie the score for the first time and then took its first lead, 24-23, on an Engineer error. A second error by MIT gave the Crimson set point, 25-23.

Harvard came alive in the second set and rolled to the 25-17 victory. The Crimson opened a 7-2 lead out of the gates thanks to a pair of blocks by Madden, Zimmick and Kyle Rehkemper, but found itself trailing at the midway point, 12-11. Harvard regained the lead at 14-13 off a bad set by MIT, then took off on a 7-0 run to go in front, 23-15. This run featured three blocks by Zimmick, Lothman and Branden Clemens before a Derek Jansma ace put the frame away.

The teams went back-and-forth early in the third until a 3-0 stretch gave the host a 14-9 advantage. Harvard's lead grew to seven points on a kill by White, 23-16, and a kill by Will Chambers signaled match point, 25-19.

Harvard will be back in action Thursday as it travels to Emmanuel for a 7 p.m. showdown.