Harvard will face three nonconference opponents this weekend at the Benson Hospitality Invite. The Crimson will play North Carolina State on Friday before a Saturday double against Georgia and UNC Ashville.
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.
When Harvard men’s volleyball team played Concordia last season, the Crimson was on the wrong side of a blowout, with the Eagles easily winning in straight sets. On Tuesday night, however, the Crimson (6-4, 4-1 EIVA) and the Eagles (14-4, 2-0 NAIA) went right down to the wire in a five-set thriller, with the Crimson eventually prevailing, 15-12, in the tense final set.
The No. 13 Harvard men’s volleyball team looked to pick up the first wins of its 2014 campaign in back-to-back home contests over the weekend. Unfortunately, facing two of the top teams in the country, the Crimson (0-3) faltered, suffering a 3-1 loss to Lewis on Friday night, then falling in straight sets to Loyola the following afternoon.