Men's Volleyball Players Make All-EIVA Teams

Published by Julian Ryan on April 23, 2014 at 11:54PM
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Co-captain Nick Madden is one of five Harvard players to make All-EIVA teams.

The Harvard men’s volleyball team improved on last year’s haul of one first team All-EIVA player and two second teamers by sending a program-best five players to the All-EIVA squads this year. Three players made the first team and two made the second team, as the Crimson posted a program-record 11 wins in conference play.

Junior outside hitter DJ White made the first team for his third straight year as he once again led the Crimson offense. The junior upped not only his volume, producing 3.37 kills per set compared to 3.19 last season, but he also improved his efficiency, as his hitting percentage rose from .314 to .325 in another first-rate season.

Co-captain Nick Madden made his first All-EIVA team as he was named opposite hitter on the first squad. Madden recorded four double-doubles for the season as he contributed across the court to both the Crimson’s offense and defense.

Junior middle blocker Caleb Zimmick moved up from making the second team last year to being on the first team this time around. The junior used his entire 6’9” frame to lead Harvard in blocks. Zimmick will be within sight of the all-time career record in several blocking statistical categories for Harvard next season.

Senior Kyle Rehkemper repeated as second team All-EIVA as another middle blocker. In addition to his defensive contributions, Rehkemper also has posted a hitting percentage of .453 for the season, acting as an efficient extra offensive option for the squad.

Last, but not least, freshman setter Nick Bendell made the second team as one of only two freshmen in the conference to earn All-EIVA honors. The setter was third in the conference with 9.91 assists per set and was recently named a freshman All-American.