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.
The terrific run for Harvard men’s basketball continued last week, and in this case, it came in the form of an individual honor for one of its stars. Junior wing Wesley Saunders was named to the ECAC Division I All-Star second team, joining Billy Baron of Canisius, Aaron Craft of Ohio State, Bryce Cotton of Providence, and Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia on the select squad.
Senior Ibrahim Khan, captain of the club cricket team, was recognized as 2014 Male Club Sports Athlete of the Year.
While club sports may arguably not receive the same amount of attention which their varsity counterparts attain, the athletes involved in these competitions deliver a similar amount of work and effort.
It was a busy week both on and off the field for Harvard athletes, including those not currently in season. The Back Page takes a closer look.
Harvard Fencers at Junior World Championships
While Harvard fencers compete for the Crimson during the season, much of their competition comes on the international circuit. When not in season, the majority of the team goes abroad to fence against some of the world’s best, and the level of fencing is generally understood to be higher than that of the NCAA.
Just a week after Shabazz Napier and the UConn “Hungry” Huskies took home the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball championship, prognosticators have already begun looking towards next season. For the third straight year, the Harvard men’s basketball team has made a selection of preseason lists. The Back Page has a list of what everyone is saying about Harvard so far this year.