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By Mike Knobler

The Harvard men's volleyball team pulled a Jekyll and Hyde act on the road this weekend, bowing to Princeton in three straight on Saturday before shutting out Army yesterday to balance out the trip.

It didn't take long for the Crimson to realize something was amiss Saturday. Their muscles tight after a two-and-a-half hour drive from New York to Princeton, the spikers entered a gym so cold they couldn't work up a sweat.

Undaunted by the chill, the Tigers never perspired either, because Harvard collapsed quickly. "We just came out cold, and they took advantage of us," Harvard Co-captain Brad Martin said.

With just one senior and one junior in its starting six, the Crimson didn't have the experience to hold together after the early Tiger onslaught, falling 15-9, 15-10, 15-4.

But Harvard turned the tables in its next outing, storming to a 15-13, 15-1, 15-4 victory over the Cadets. The spikers literally put their game together overnight, as the defense and passing that stalled in New Jersey shined in New York.

The Crimson get another shot at Princeton in the East Coast Volleyball League Open two weeks from now at West Point. If Harvard can stick to its West Point form, the Tigers will discover the Dr. Jekyll they played Saturday has turned into a dangerous Mr. Hyde.

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