Facing virtual elimination from the playoff picture, the Harvard men's volleyball team found its form at the most crucial of times this weekend.
The Crimson (7-5, 3-4 Hay) swept its series, edging East Stroudsburg 3-2 (25-30, 24-30, 33-31, 30-21, 15-7) on Saturday afternoon and crushing Queens 3-0 (30-25, 30-27, 30-26) yesterday at the Malkin Athletic Center.
Harvard was in dire straits on Saturday against the Warriors (6-6, 4-5), trailing 2-0 and facing match point in the third game. A loss would have meant a four game deficit to the leaders with only six conference games to go.
The Crimson staved off match point, however, then raised its game to another level, dominating the rest of the match to pull off the thrilling five game victory.
With the sweep of two divisional opponents, Harvard currently stands in fourth place in the Hay Division, three games back in the loss column of the co-leaders, NYU and St. Francis. The top two teams in the division advance to the conference tournament.
The Crimson was sparked by the return of the nation's leader in hitting percentage, freshman middle blocker Juan Carlos Cardet. Cardet had missed Harvard's previous four games wih a sprained ankle.
Harvard 3, Queens 0
The Knights (2-12, 0-7) had played six matches against Hay Division opponents and had yet to win a single game. Their fate would be no different against the surging Crimson.