Junior Marko Kostich leads the Crimson with 5.82 digs/set (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard men's volleyball team continues on a five-game stretch at home, hosting Alderson Broaddus Feb. 4 at 4 p.m.
Last Time Out
The Crimson kicked off its five-game stretch at home against Fort Wayne on Jan. 19 and Ball State on Jan. 20. Harvard downed Fort Wayne in four sets, 28-26, 25-17,23-25 and 25-19, on Jan. 19. Harvard fell to No. 13 Ball State on Jan. 20. The Cardinals won by set scores of 25-20, 23-25, 25-17, 20-25, and 15-13.
Senior Casey White has recorded a double-double in three of the past four games:
Jan. 13 at Lewis 11 kills, 10 digs
Jan. 19 vs Fort Wayne 11 kills, 18 digs
Jan. 20 vs Ball State 13 kills, 10 digs
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 (Jan. 13-14), while Ctvrtlik registered 38 assists during the two-game span.
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 moving up the ranks 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
No. Name Year Digs
1. Chris Gibbons '14 2010-14 789
2. DJ White '15 2011-15 556
3. Casey White '17 2013-pres. 515
Home Court Advantage
Harvard posted a 7-2 record at the Malkin Athletic Center in 2016 and holds a 29-9 mark at home during the last three seasons.
Scouting Alderson Broaddus
The Battlers finished last season with a 11-12 overall record. Alderson Broaddus will rely on senior Obenda Besongngem, who averages 2.78 kills per set in 2017, and sophomores Justin and Adam Glader who've recorded a combined 72.5 points and 64 kills so far this season. Harvard leads Alderson Broaddus in the overall series, 1-0. The Crimson edged out the Battlers, 3-0 in its last meeting on Jan. 31, 2016.
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.
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.
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 102-83 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 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.
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 will conclude their five-game home stretch by hosting George Mason on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 12 at 4 p.m.