Men's Volleyball Serves Up a 3-1 Win at Emmanuel

Men's Volleyball Serves Up a 3-1 Win at Emmanuel

Jansma scored three aces to help the Crimson fend off Emmanuel for a 3-1 win Thursday (Ben Barnhart).

BOSTON, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team picked up its second win of the week on Thursday with a 3-1 victory at Emmanuel College. The Crimson took the match by set scores of 19-25, 25-13, 25-18 and 25-19.

Harvard's (11-4, 5-3 EIVA) attack was evenly spread out as five different Crimson tallied at least five kills. Caleb Zimmick and DJ White led the way with seven kills apiece, and finished the night with hitting percentages of .583 and .312, respectively. Nick Madden and Michael Owen turned in six kills each while Kyle Rehkemper notched five.

The Crimson also registered a season-high 10 aces, its highest total since scoring 10 against Cal Baptist on Feb. 8 of last year. Three of those aces came off the hand of Derek Jansma who also dished out 31 assists as Madden and White added two. Chris Gibbons notched seven digs on the defensive side of the night to go along with four block assists from Zimmick.

Barrett Wingard scored 10 kills to lead the Emmanuel (10-5, 3-1 GNAC) attack which was help to a .119 hitting percentage.

The Saints led the entire way to take the first set by a score of 25-19. Harvard rebounded in the second, however, opening a 9-5 margin following two kills by White. The Crimson lead grew to 14-7 after three straight Emmanuel errors, and an 11-6 run to close it out gave Harvard set point, 25-13.

Emmanuel held the early advantage in the third with a 10-6 lead. The Crimson fought back to go back ahead, 15-14, and took a four-point edge, 20-16, off a Jansma ace. Another ace by White gave Harvard a chance at set point and an error by the Saints finished the frame off, 25-18.

The Crimson fell behind early again in the fourth but used a 6-1 run to overtake the host, 13-11, following four straight kills. A 6-0 stretch extended the margin to 19-12 before a kill by Alec Schlossman gave Harvard set point, 25-19.

The Crimson will host EIVA travel partner Sacred Heart Wednesday, March 13 at 7 p.m. before taking off for a west coast tour over the weekend.