The Harvard men's volleyball team closed out a perfect 6-0 season record in the New England division last night, sweeping defending division champion. Springfield. 15-12, 15-8, 15-12 at the IAB.
The spikers travel to Princeton today to compete in the Ivy league championships tomorrow and Sunday, where the host Tigers should pose the greatest threat to Harvard victory. The only team to beat the Crimson in match play this year, Princeton has done it twice Harvard Coach Mike Palm hopes his forces can reverse this trend by altering their offense to capitalize on Princeton's weakness at the middle of the net and to compensate for the Tiger's blocking strength outside.
"Princeton is the best blocking team in the Ivies." Palm said earlier this week. "The strategy for us is to hit for power in the middle and hit for technique on the outside."
The spikers didn't need any special strategy last night, thoroughly dominating every facet of the game. They controlled the middle and pummeled outside shots almost at will.
Harvard had already clinched an Eastern College Volleyball League tournament berth and its first ever division championship by walloping Yale Saturday, so last night's match amounted to the proverbial icing on the cake. For Springfield, however, the loss means a tie for second and forces them to win two playoff games to gain a league tournament berth.
Harvard Co-Captain Brad Martin enjoyed an exceptional outing last night, setting up some of Harvard's most impressive plays of the season. He led off the second game with a beautiful set to the left side, where senior Tom Houliban look advantage of a John Ross fake drilling the ball past a surprised blocker.