The Crimson finished the 2016 season with a 13-11 overall record, its fifth-straight season with a winning record (Gil Talbot).
The Crimson concluded its 2016 campaign with a 13-11 overall record, marking its fifth-straight season with a winning record. Harvard also qualified for its fifth-straight EIVA Tournament appearance.
The Crimson returns eight members of the 2016 squad, including co-captains Casey White and Samuel Murphy. White posted 219.5 points last season, tallying a team-high 162 digs and 179 kills. Murphy registered 82 digs and 17 assists during his junior campaign.
Harvard welcomes five newcomers to the team this season: Jack Connolly, Matthew Ctvrlik, Marty Heavey, Chase Howard and Erik Johnsson. This group joins the Crimson from five states around the country.
Climbing the Ranks
Casey White is etching his name in the Harvard record book. For complete information, click here.
Digs in a Single Match
No. Name Opponent Year Digs
1. Brian Rapp '08 vs. NYU 2008 28
2. Chris Gibbons '14 at George Mason 2012 23
3. Casey White '17 vs. Sacred Heart 2016 21
Digs in a Season
No. Name Year Digs
1. Chris Gibbons '14 2013 219
2. Chris Gibbons '14 2014 216
3. Joe Herger '00 2000 215
4. Chris Gibbons '14 2012 211
5. Casey White '17 2015 208
Harvard posted a 7-2 record at the Malkin Athletic Center in 2016 and holds a 28-8 mark at home during the last three seasons.
The Flyers finished last season with a 19-13 overall record, going 10-6 in MIVA play. Lewis will rely on sophomore Mitch Perniar, who averaged 3.15 kills per set in 2016, and senior Jacob Schmeigelt who earned 260 points and 179 kills in 2016, this season. Harvard trails Lewis in the overall series, 4-0, edged out in its last meeting Jan. 7, 2016.
Scouting Loyola Chicago
Loyola concluded their 2016 campaign with a 20-8 overall record, including a 12-3 mark in MIVA action. Key players for the Hamblers include junior Ricky Gevis, who averaged 3.22 kills per set in 2016 and sophomore Collin Mahan who tallied 171 kills and 107 digs in 2016. Harvard trails Loyola in the overall series, 3-0. Harvard dropped a 0-3 decision to the Hamblers in its last meeting on Jan. 17, 2016.
The Harvard men's volleyball team has received the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for five-straight years, and is one of just 11 men's programs in the country to earn the distinction. Additionally, Brad Gretsch and Marko Kostich were named to the EIVA All-Academic team at the conclusion of the 2016 season.
On the Sidelines
Brian Baise enters his ninth season as head coach of the Harvard men's volleyball team in 2017. Over eight seasons, he has ushered in an era of unprecedented success for the Crimson. Baise owns an 102-83 record on the sidelines, including a 77-45 mark over the past five seasons. The Crimson were selected sixth in the 2017 EIVA Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Matthew Jones '12 was named the coaching assistant for the men's and women's volleyball teams on May 5, 2016. The former outside hitter's name floods Harvard's career records book ranking first in kills (1,218) and aces (97), third in kills per set (3.76), sixth in digs (452) and block assists (178), seventh in total blocks (206), and ninth in solo blocks (28).
Admission to all home Harvard men's volleyball matches is free of charge. All home matches are played on the fourth floor of the Malkin Athletic Center. For directions, click here.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all three platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.
The Crimson returns home for a five-match stretch. On Jan. 19, Harvard faces Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. and quickly returns to action the next day against Ball State at 7 p.m.