Men's Volleyball Takes Trip to Crosstown Rival MIT Saturday

Men's Volleyball Takes Trip to Crosstown Rival MIT Saturday



Harvard vs. MIT
Sat., Feb. 1
6:00 p.m.
duPont Gymnasium
MIT Athletics Broadcast
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Live Stats

Zimmick leads the Crimson with 1.00 bps. (photo courtesy Mark Selders).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team looks for its first win of the season when it makes the short trip to its Cambridge neighbor MIT Saturday, Feb. 1. The match is set to begin at 6 p.m.

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Last Time Out
Nick Madden and DJ White registered six kills apiece, but Harvard fell to then-No. 2 Loyola Chicago, 3-0, Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Malkin Athletic Center.

Kyle Rehkemper, Casey White and Caleb Zimmick each scored three kills for Harvard. Nick Bendell tallied 16 assists. Madden led the Crimson with 10 digs, while Zimmick added four blocks.

Related Link: No. 13 Men's Volleyball Swept by No. 2 Loyola Chicago

About Harvard
The Crimson look to rebound after dropping three-straight matches to top-15 opponents to open its season.

DJ White has paced the attack with 2.82 kps with a .265 hitting percentage. Casey White has chipped in 2.00 kps while Nick Bendell has served as the Crimson's primary setter with 8.55 aps. Nick Madden (1.82 dps) and Caleb Zimmick (1.00 bps) pace Harvard's defense.

Rank and File
After knocking off two ranked opponents in pool play at the Asics Invitational Jan. 3, Harvard entered the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II poll at a program-best 13th Jan. 6. The Crimson, which received votes in the preseason poll, remained in the national mix for three-straight weeks, but has since fallen from the rankings.

Week       AVCA
Preseason       RV
Jan. 6       13th
Jan. 13       13th
Jan. 20       13th
Jan. 27       RV

Related Link:
AVCA Division I-II National Poll

Record Watch
Seven active players have already made a place for themselves in Harvard's record book. Chris Gibbons owns the top spot for career digs (588) and digs in a season when the senior notched 219 in 2013. Nick Madden and Caleb Zimmick are moving up in the ranks in the Crimson's all-time career block assist list. Madden sits third with 179 while Zimmick ranks fifth with 178.

Related Link: Men's Volleyball Record Book

The White Brothers
Casey and DJ White have been instrumental to the Crimson on both sides of the net thus far this season. The Hermosa Beach, Calif., natives have combined for nearly half of Harvard's attack (53-113), blocks (6- 13) and service aces (2-5). Defensively, the brothers have notched 38.2 percent (29-76) of the Crimson's digs.

And the Award Goes To
DJ White earned EIVA Defensive Player of the week honors on Jan. 27, marking the first defensive accolade for the junior and his third weekly conference award overall. White averaged 2.43 kps, 1.57 dps and totaled three blocks to pace the Crimson's efforts against two top-15 teams last weekend.

Related Link: DJ White Earns EIVA Defensive Player of the Week Honors

Seniors Chris Gibbons and Kyle Rehkemper earned spots on the 50th Asics Invitational All-Tournament team after helping Harvard down two ranked opponents – then-No. 5 Stanford and then-No. 8 UCSB – to reach the championship round of the invite. Rehkemper contributed to the Crimson's offense with 13 kills and a .792 hitting percentage while Gibbons registered nine digs.

Scouting MIT
The Engineers, who rank 12th in the AVCA Division III poll, enter the contest a perfect 3-0 after taking down Newbury, Merson and Brad in straight sets. As a team, MIT averages 12.89 kps with a .354 hitting percentage as Alex Klein's 2.86 kps and .514 hitting clip leads the way. Chris Omahan and Martin Krasuski have added 2.83 kps and 2.80 kps, respectively. Evan Wang (7.00 aps) and Paul Syta (6.29 aps) share setting responsibilities. Kenny Siebert's 2.43 dps pace the defense while Sean Kropp, Narindra Peaks and Aaron Zaleski contribute to the defensive effort with 1.00 bps each. 

Inside the Series with the Engineers
Harvard holds a distinct 41-14 series record over MIT since the two first met in 1983. The Crimson has won the last three contests, including a 3-0 sweep last season.

Related Link: Men's Volleyball Extends Home Win Streak with 3-0 Victory Over MIT

Coming up
Harvard opens EIVA play at Sacred Heart Friday, Feb. 7.