Split Darkens Playoff Hopes of Men's Volleyball

The Harvard men's volleyball team split its weekend series, falling to Vassar, 3-1 (21-30, 21-30, 30-12, 28-30), on Saturday and defeating Southampton 3-1 (24-30, 30-27, 30-28, 30-24) yesterday at the Malkin Athletic Center.

The Crimson (8-6, 4-5 Hay) needed to win the rest of its conference games to have a legitamate chance of entering the EIVA tournament, but the loss to Vassar (10-8, 4-5) essentially ended any hopes of reaching the post-season.

NYU, the No. 1 ranked team in Division III volleyball, leads the Hay Division with a 7-1 record, and St. Francis is second with a 6-1 record. The top two teams from the Hay Division make the tournament.

"We were really disappointed with the Vassar loss," said sophomore middle blocker Alex Kowell. "We wanted to prove ourselves against Southampton."

Harvard 3, Southampton 1

The Crimson completed its season sweep of the Warriors (8-7, 3-4) behind balanced offense and solid defense, which led to a 3-1 win yesterday afternoon.

Harvard lost the first game, but quickly established its block and stymied the Southampton offense for the final three games with freshman middle blocker Juan Carlos Cardet leading the way.

"We passed better and played much better defense," said Harvard Coach Tom Wilson. "We had a lot of blocks and soft blocks that controlled them fairly well."