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Men’s Volleyball Starts Five-Game Stretch at Home with Fort Wayne and Ball State

 

Matchup
Date
Time
Venue
Video
Live Stats
Series
Last Meeting
Streak

 Harvard vs. Fort Wayne
 Jan. 19, 2017
 7 p.m.
 Malkin Athletic Center
Ivy League Digital Network
Harvard vs Fort Wayne
Series tied, 1-1
W, 3-0 (Jan. 16, 2016)
W1

 

Matchup 
Date
Time
Venue
Video
Live Stats  
Series
Last Meeting
Streak   

Harvard vs. Ball State
Jan. 20, 2017
7 p.m.
Malkin Athletic Center
Ivy League Digital Network
Harvard vs Ball State
Series tied, 1-1
L, 1-3 (Jan. 15, 2016)
L1



The team will see Fort Wayne, Ball State, Alderson Broaddus and George Mason during the five-game stretch (Gil Talbot). 


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team kicks off a five-game stretch at home, hosting Fort Wayne on Thursday, Jan. 19 and Ball State on Friday, Jan. 20.  

Last Time Out
The Crimson kicked off its 2017 campaign at No. 6 Lewis and No. 8 Loyola-Chicago. Harvard fell in five sets, 3-2, to No. 6 Lewis on Jan. 13, the Flyers won by set scores of 19-25, 25-19, 13-25, 25-23 and 12-15. The Crimson was unable to edge No. 8 Loyola-Chicago on Jan. 14, falling 3-0 to the Hamblers.

Fresh on the Court
Though Erik Johnsson and Matthew Ctvrtlik are new to Harvard, the freshmen are making their presence known on the court. Johnsson tallied 16 kills and two service aces over the opening weekend, while Ctvrtlik registered 38 assists during the two-game span.

Big Blocks
Sophomore Trevor Dow and junior Brad Gretsch stepped up for the Crimson during its opening weekend. Dow registered a combined seven blocks, while Gretsch added six stoppers.

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

 

Home Court Advantage
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.

Scouting Fort Wayne
The Mastodons finished last season with a 10-19 overall record, going 3-13 in MIVA play. Fort Wayne will rely on sophomore Michael Keegan, who averaged 9.38 assists per set in 2016, and junior Tony Price who earned 327 points and 429 kills in 2016. Harvard and Fort Wayne are tied at one win apiece in the overall series. The Crimson edged out the Mastodons, 3-0 in its last meeting on Jan. 16, 2016.

Scouting Ball State
Ball State concluded their 2016 campaign with a 20-9 overall record, including a 12-4 mark in MIVA action. Key players for the Cardinals include senior Brendan Surane, who averaged 3.09 kills per set in 2016 and junior Mitch Weiler who tallied 224 kills and 177 digs in 2016. Harvard and Ball State are tied at one win apiece in the overall series. The Crimson were unable to edge the Cardinals on Jan. 15, 2016, falling 1-3.   
 
Returning to the Court
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.
 
Welcome to Cambridge
 Harvard welcomes five newcomers to the team this season: Jack Connolly, Matthew Ctvrtlik, Marty Heavey, Chase Howard and Erik Johnsson. This group joins the Crimson from five states around the country.
 
Five-Year Streak
 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 that 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 102-85 record on the sidelines, including a 77-47 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 record 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).
 
Christian Vandergeest and Rob Lothman were added to the Crimson staff in December 2016.
 
Ticket Information
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.
 
Social Stream
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.
 
What's Next?
The Crimson continue on their five-game stretch at home, hosting Alderson Broaddus on Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. 

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS