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In 2014, a season-ending playoff loss in the semifinals to Princeton thwarted any attempt at another title run for the men's volleyball team. But even the loss could not diminish the success of the Crimson’s 2014 season, which was full of program bests in conference wins, national rankings, and all-EIVA player selections.
The Harvard men’s volleyball team (15-8, 11-3 EIVA) saw its season come to an end with a loss to Ivy rival Princeton (16-9, 10-4 EIVA) in the EIVA playoffs, held at Penn State.
The two teams met twice in the regular season, and both matches went the full five sets. Harvard emerged victorious both times, but this will be the first time the two programs have ever met in the playoffs.
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.
Every senior class is special in its own right, but the Crimson will graduate a truly exceptional group of players this year.
The victories clinch the No. 2 seed for the Crimson in the EIVA postseason tournament, which begins in two weeks.
The Harvard men's volleyball team defeated St. Francis in four sets with a match-winning spike from senior bench player Will Chambers.
Co-captain Nick Madden is one of five Harvard players to make All-EIVA teams.
Penn State (18-6, 9-1 EIVA) all but wrapped up the regular season EIVA title on Friday night, beating No. 12 Harvard (12-7, 8-3 EIVA) in straight sets. Winning the regular season crown would net the No. 15 Nittany Lions the top seed in the playoffs and the right to host the tournament.
The Penn State men’s volleyball team (17-6, 8-1 EIVA) has won the EIVA conference championship for the last 15 years straight, dominating the league in recent memory. On Friday night, it will be coming to challenge Harvard (12-6, 8-2 EIVA) and for the first time in years, the Nittany Lions will not be runaway favorites.
The Harvard men’s volleyball team (12-6, 8-2 EIVA) kept itself in the hunt for the top EIVA seed as it saw off Sacred Heart (9-16, 3-8 EIVA) in straight sets.
Senior middle blocker Kyle Rehkemper, shown here in previous action, will spearhead the Crimson offense against Princeton on Thursday. Harvard has defeated the Tigers twice this season, and a victory over its conference rival will propel the Crimson into the EIVA championship game.