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ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

Men’s Volleyball Opens EIVA Play, Hosts George Mason

 

Matchup

Harvard vs George Mason

Date

Feb. 11 & Feb. 12

Time

7 p.m. & 2 p.m.

Venue

Malkin Athletic Center

Video

Ivy League Digital Network

Live Stats

Harvard vs George Mason

Series

Harvard trails, 9-12

Last Meeting

L, 0-3 (April 21, 2016)

Streak

L1



Dow leads the Crimson with 1.06 blocks/set (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard men's volleyball team concludes a five-game stretch at home, hosting George Mason on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.  

Last Time Out
Harvard downed Alderson Broaddus in four sets on Feb. 4 at the Malkin Athletic Center. The win came by set scores of 25-21, 20-25, 25-21 and 25-17. Riley Moore led the Crimson (2-3, 0-0 EIVA) with 13 kills, with support from Erik Johnsson who tallied nine kills. Matthew Ctvrtlik also helped the Crimson with 44 helpers and Trevor Dow registered four blocks.

Double-Double Trouble
Senior Casey White has recorded a double-double in four of the past five 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
Feb. 4 vs Alderson Broaddus 11 kills, 11 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 has earned 50 kills and three service aces so far this season, while Ctvrtlik has registered 82 assists for the year.
 
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 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

Career Digs
No.      Name              Year              Digs
1. Chris Gibbons '14    2010-14           789
2. DJ White '15           2011-15           556
3. Casey White '17   2013-pres.      526
 
Home Court Advantage
Harvard posted a 7-2 record at the Malkin Athletic Center in 2016 and holds a 31-10 mark at home during the last three seasons.
 
Scouting George Mason
No. 12 George Mason finished last season with an 18-12 overall record. The Patriots will rely on senior Jack Willson who has recorded 82 kills this season, and junior Brian Negron who has notched 206 helpers in eight games. Sophomore Langston Payne leads the Patriots with 19 blocks this season.  Harvard trails George Mason in the overall series, 9-12. The Crimson dropped a 3-0 decision to the Patriots in the last meeting on April 21, 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.
 
Welcome to Cambridge
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.
 
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 a 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.
 
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 will continue on in EIVA play, traveling to Penn State and Saint Francis on Feb. 17 – 18. 

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS