Men’s Volleyball Downs NJIT in Three

Riley Moore tallied five blocks and a .667 hitting percentage against the Highlanders (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team downed NJIT in three sets on Saturday afternoon at the Malkin Athletic Center. The win came with set scores of 25-20, 25-23 and 25-18.

Erik Johnsson led the Crimson (5-6, 3-3 EIVA) with 11 kills, with support from Casey White who tallied seven kills. Matthew Ctvrtlik also assisted the Crimson with a .400 hitting percentage and Riley Moore registered five blocks.

The Crimson were off to a strong start after a 6-3 run in the first set, however, the Highlanders fought back, coming within two points until a from Casey White gave the Crimson a 15-9 advantage. Johnsson tallied five kills in the first set, good for a .625 hitting percentage.

The second set started off strong for the Highlanders, going point-for-point until the teams were knotted at 16 apiece. Up 18-16, NJIT captilized on two Crimson attack errors to hold off the Crimson 19-17. Two kills from Dow brought the Crimson within one, 20-21. The Crimson capitalized on two attack errors from the Highlanders, taking back the set, 23-22. Harvard won the set after a kill from Casey White.

The first twelve points of the third set were neck and neck between the Crimson and the Highlanders, until a kill from Johnsson gave Harvard the advantage. NJIT fought back, coming within one point, at 13-14, but the Crimson held the Highlanders to a .192 hitting percentage. Johnsson added five kills and one block during the frame, while Moore added four blocks. Harvard registered a match-high hitting percentage, .526.  

Harvard will travel to Connecticut to face Sacred Heart on Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NEC Front Row.  

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