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The Harvard men’s volleyball team finished out the weekend at home with a split after losing to No. 11 IPFW in straight sets Saturday at the MAC.
In its first win of the winter season, the Crimson defeated No. 14 Ball State in a sweep at its home opener at the MAC on Friday.
The Crimson fell to No. 5 Lewis, 3-1, on Friday and top-ranked Loyola, 3-0, on Saturday in the team’s first two matches of the season.
Co-captain DJ White looks to lead the Crimson in 2015. The senior led the team in kills and assists last season.
The 2014 season was full of major accomplishments for the Crimson. But this year, with an abundance of new faces, Harvard looks to do something it could not do last season—return to the EIVA finals.
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.