No. 15 Men’s Volleyball Concludes Homestand with MIT


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         No. 15 Harvard vs. MIT
Tuesday, Feb. 3
7 p.m.
Malkin Athletic Center
Ivy League Digital Network
Ben Altsher
Live Stats
Harvard leads, 42-14
W, 3-1 (February 1, 2014)
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Harvard boasts the nation's second-best digs per set rate (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team will play its fifth-consecutive match at home on Tuesday, Feb. 3, against MIT. The contest will be shown live on the Ivy League Digital Network, with first serve scheduled for 7 p.m.

Last Time Out
The Crimson won its second and third matches of the year over the weekend against Emmanuel (Mass.) and Alderson Broaddus, moving to 3-3 on the season.

Branden Clemens led the Harvard attack with nine kills, including eight in the final two sets, against Emmanuel, while also recording six digs and two service aces. Casey White tallied eight kills and seven digs, while Alec Schlossman contributed seven kills of his own. Freshman Marko Kostich added 33 assists in his third start of the year. The Crimson held Emmanuel to a -.040 hitting percentage.

Casey White neared a double-double for the Crimson against the Battlers, with a team-high nine kills and 13 digs. Caleb Zimmick contributed eight kills in the win, while DJ White and Riley Moore had five apiece. Nick Bendell dished 28 assists to go with six digs and three kills.

Social Stream
Use the all new Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.

Ivy League Digital Network
After an incredibly successful inaugural year that saw over 1,000 events streamed live, The Ivy League Digital Network has returned for 2014-15, providing fans with unprecedented coverage of the Ivy League.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here

Honor Roll
Casey White and Caleb Zimmick swept the weekly EIVA awards for January 19-25, with White earning conference player of the week honors and Zimmick taking home the league's defensive player of the week award. White averaged 3.67 kills and 2.83 digs per set while hitting .432 on the attack, and Zimmick recorded 1.67 blocks per set in earning the weekly honors.

The award is the first of White's career, and the first for Zimmick this season, who was an honorable mention All-America and All-EIVA first team selection a year ago.

Related Link: White, Zimmick Sweep EIVA Weekly Awards

Poll Position
Harvard checked in at No. 15 for the second-straight week in the AVCA Division I-II Top 15 Poll. The Crimson has been ranked in each of the last four seasons, and climbed to a program-best No. 13 in 2014.

Ranking Superlatives
Total Weeks Ranked by AVCA – 12
Consecutive Weeks Ranked – 4, April 9-May 7, 2012
Current Weeks Ranked- 2, Jan. 26-Feb.2
Highest Ranking – No. 13, January 6-20, 2014
Overall Record When Ranked – 7-7 
When No. 13 – 0-2
When No. 14 – 0-2
When No. 15 – 7-3
Home Record When Ranked – 4-3
Road Record When Ranked – 3-3
Neutral Site Record When Ranked – 0-1

2015 AVCA Weekly Ranking
Preseason- N/A
Week 1- N/A
Week 2- N/A
Week 3- No. 15
Week 4- No. 15

Ranking Nationally
Outside hitter Casey White continues to rank in the top-10 in the country in digs per set and hitting percentage. The sophomore from Hermosa Beach, California's 3.05 digs per set ranks third in the nation, while his .408 hitting percentage is good for seventh. DJ White is tenth nationally in digs per set (2.47) as well for the Crimson, which has posted the second-best digs per set rate (10.63) in the country.

At the MAC
The Crimson has played 35 matches under the roof of the Malkin Athletic Center over the past three years, and boasts a 28-7 (.800) mark during that span. Harvard's home court advantage includes a program-best nine-match home win streak that lasted more than a calendar year from February 18, 2012 to April 5, 2013. In its last series at home, Harvard swept both Emmanuel (Mass.) and Alderson Broaddus.

Scouting MIT
MIT is off to a 4-0 start in 2015 with victories over Emerson, Bard, Regis and Wentworth Institute of Technology. Senior Alex Klein has paced the Engineers with 3.43 kills per set, while setter Brendan Chang leads all of Division III in assists per set, with 10.54.

Chasing Records
Entering the 2015 season, multiple Harvard student-athletes are looking to ascend the Crimson record books:

Kills

 
 

1.
3.
4.

Matt Jones '12
Nick Madden '14
DJ White '15

1,218
857
800

Digs

 
 

1.
4.
T-5.
T-5.

Chris Gibbons '14
Brian Rapp '08
Joe Herger '00 
DJ White '15

789
421
412
412

Solo Bocks

 
 

1.
4.
5.

Ryan Estendorf '96
Dave Olson '98
Caleb Zimmick '15

89
41
39

Block Assists

 
 

1.
2.

Ed Panaku '00
Caleb Zimmick '15

340
240

Total Blocks

 
 

1.
3.
4.

Ed Panaku '00
Brady Weissbourd '09
Caleb Zimmick '15

494
295
279

Assists

 
 

1.
6.
7.

Rob Lothman '13
Conor Gaughan '02
Nick Bendell '17 

3,094
1,008
873

 

Preseason Poll
Harvard was picked fourth in the EIVA Preseason Poll with 33 points, slotting in behind Penn State, Princeton, and George Mason.

No.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Team

Penn State

Princeton

George Mason

Harvard

Saint Francis (Pa.)

NJIT

Sacred Heart

Votes (first place)

48 (7)

38 (1)

34

33

16

14

13

Season Preview

Fresh Faces
Volleyball Magazine named Harvard's freshman class the eighth-best in the country, with three of the freshmen appearing on its "Fab-50" list. Brad Gretsch, Jack Heavey, Marko Kostich, and Riley Moore joined the Crimson in July.

A Year Ago
Harvard finished 2014 with a 15-8 record, including an 11-3 mark in conference play. The Crimson earned a berth to the EIVA Tournament for the third consecutive year, but fell to Princeton, 3-1, in the semifinals. DJ White led the squad with 3.30 kills per set and a .312 hitting percentage, while Caleb Zimmick ranked sixth in the country in hitting percentage (.440) and led the Crimson with 1.11 blocks per set. Both White and Zimmick were recognized as honorable mention All-Americans by the AVCA. 

On The Sidelines
Head coach Brian Baise returns for his seventh season at the helm of the Harvard men's volleyball program. Baise owns a 79-63 record on the sidelines, including a 54-25 mark over the past three-plus seasons. The Crimson has been ranked in each season since 2012, with 12 student-athletes earning all-EIVA recognition.

Jeffrey Aucoin and Ahmed Ibrahim return as assistant coaches for their second and fourth seasons, respectively.

What's Next?
The Crimson opens its EIVA schedule with a road match at Sacred Heart on February 6. The contest is slated to begin at 7 p.m.