Harvard leads the EIVA with 2.39 blocks/set (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard men's volleyball team will travel to Fairfield, Connecticut to compete against Sacred Heart on Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NEC Front Row.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's volleyball team downed NJIT in three sets on Feb. 25 after falling to No. 13 Penn State on Feb. 24. The win over NJIT came with set scores of 25-20, 25-23 and 25-18. Erik Johnsson led the Crimson (5-6, 3-3 EIVA) with 11 kills, with support from Casey White who tallied seven kills. Matthew Ctvrtlik also assisted the Crimson with a .400 hitting percentage and Riley Moore registered five blocks.
Feb. 25, 2017
Harvard has registered 419 digs over the course of 45 sets, good for 9.31 digs per set and second in EIVA. Six members of the Crimson have tallied 40 digs or more this season: Casey White (93), Chase Howard (89), Erik Johnsson (58), Marko Kostich (44) and Matthew Ctvrtlik (42).
Baby Got Blocks
Junior Riley Moore, senior Casey White, sophomore Trevor Dow and junior Marko Kostich have registered a combined 128 blocks since the beginning of the season. Six members of the Crimson have tallied 10 blocks or more. Harvard currently averages 2.39 blocks per set, which is first in EIVA.
Over this past weekend, Casey White tallied 11 digs and surpassed his brother, DJ White '15, for career digs. Currently, Casey now has 567 digs in his tenure, while DJ recorded 556. Casey sits in second place in the all-time record book.
Climbing the Ranks
Casey White and Riley Moore are 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
4. Chris Gibbons '14 2012 211
5. Casey White '17 2015 208
No. Name Year Digs
1. Chris Gibbons '14 2010-14 789
2. Casey White '17 2013-pres. 567
3. DJ White '15 2011-15 556
Total Blocks in a Match
1. Ed Pankau '00 vs. Eastern Mennonite 1999 21
2. Kyle Rehkemper '14 vs. Princeton 2011 13
3. Caleb Zimmick '15 vs. Concordia 2014 12
Riley Moore '18 vs George Mason 2017 12
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 109 kills and eight service aces so far this season, while Ctvrtlik has registered 188 assists for the year.
Senior Casey White has recorded a double-double in five games this season:
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
Feb. 18 at Saint Francis 11 kills, 11 digs
Scouting Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart finished last season with an 7-17 overall record. The Pioneers will rely on senior Christopher DeLucie who has recorded 154 kills this season, and sophomore Noah Ricchetti who has notched 214 helpers this season. Sophomore outside hitter Taylor Bloomquist leads the Pioneers with 49 blocks this season. Harvard leads Sacred Heart in the overall series, 27-8. The Crimson dropped a 3-0 decision against the Pioneers in the last meeting on March 26, 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.
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 104-85 record on the sidelines, including a 79-47 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, Jones ranks 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.
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.
Harvard will host Coker on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.