Crimson Still Without Victory in Division Play
After breaking its losing streak last weekend against Princeton, the Harvard men’s volleyball team’s woes returned this weekend, as the Crimson (8-13, 0-7 EVIA) lost in two divisional matchups at New York University (18-8, 5-3) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (7-19, 1-6).
“We just wanted to compete and come out with our first divisional victory after we proved last week we could win on the road,” said freshman middle blocker Kyle Rehkemper.
But Harvard failed to accomplish its goal, losing its sixth and seventh consecutive league contests.
NJIT 3, HARVARD 1
NJIT spoiled the Crimson’s final away game, beating Harvard, 3-1 at the Estelle and Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center in Newark, N.J.
In a matchup between the two teams that haven’t been able to secure a victory in the Hay Division, the Crimson and the Highlanders fought to gain some much-needed momentum as their seasons come to a close.
“Both teams went into the game knowing that one would finally be able to get a divisional win, so we knew they were going to be ready for us,” said Rehkemper.
Harvard jumped out to an early lead in the first set, but an 8-2 run by NJIT erased the deficit and provided them with enough momentum to win the set.
The second set was no different. A constant back-and-forth battle between the two teams culminated with a 6-1 run by the Highlanders that again gave them a large enough cushion to attain a second victorious set.
NJIT took yet another lead deep into the third set, but it was the Crimson that was able to put together enough to secure the frame.
Tied 23-23, the Highlanders took a one-point lead, but Harvard battled back, securing two consecutive points to put them up, 25-24.
NJIT tied the game once again at 25-25 with a kill, but two straight kills by the Crimson gave the visitors the set.
But the fourth game belonged to the Highlanders.
Up 14-12, NJIT went on a 5-2 run to secure the final set, 25-17.
“We are a young team, and in this game, we just let the other team go on a few runs that proved to be the difference,” said freshman outside hitter Chris Gibbons.