Men’s Volleyball Hosts Saint Francis and Penn State

Game Info

Series Record
Last Meeting

Harvard vs. Saint Francis (Pa.)
Friday, Feb. 27
7 p.m.
Malkin Athletic Center
Ivy League Digital Network
Ben Altsher
Live Stats
Harvard leads, 7-3
W, 3-1(4/5/14)

Game Info

Series Record
Last Meeting

Harvard vs. Penn State
Saturday, Feb. 28
7 p.m.
Malkin Athletic Center
Ivy League Digital Network
Jamie Herring, Matt Disorbo
Live Stats
Harvard trails, 9-1
L, 3-0 (April 4, 2014)


Harvard sits in third at 2-1 in the EIVA standings (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off a win in the Hall of Fame Morgan Classic, Harvard returns to the Malkin Athletic Center for a pair of EIVA tilts against Saint Francis (Pa.), on Friday, Feb. 27, and Penn State, on Saturday, Feb. 28. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m., and can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Last Time Out
Harvard hoisted the trophy as the champions of the 2015 Hall of Fame Morgan Classic after toppling Springfield, 3-1. Junior Branden Clemens was named the tournament MVP after leading the Crimson in kills for the second-straight match. Harvard earned the victory by set scores of 25-23, 21-25, 25-23, and 25-21.

For their strong performances in the tournament, senior captains DJ White and Caleb Zimmick were also named to the all-tournament team.  White co-led the Crimson with 17 kills against the Pride, hitting .400 in the process. Zimmick finished with six kills and two blocks, while hitting .500. Casey White neared a double-double with nine kills and nine digs, meanwhile, and Nick Bendell tied a season-high with 49 assists.

Social Stream
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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.

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Parking Advisory
Due to several home events and recent inclement weather, fans traveling to Harvard home events this weekend are advised to allow more time to arrive. Harvard has several home contests slated for Feb. 27-March 1, and with many events occurring at the same time, fans should allow more time to arrive and park their vehicles in the appropriate Harvard parking areas.

More information on directions to the Harvard Athletics Complex is available here.

Can You Dig It?
Through 12 matches, Harvard ranks fourth in the country in digs per set (10.02). Casey White (10th, 2.49), DJ White (15th, 2.29), and Samuel Murphy (43rd, 1.83) all rank in the top-50 nationally in keeping the opponent's attack alive.

Hitting .300
Harvard has been one of the country's most efficient attacking teams, boasting the nation's seventh-best hitting percentage (.307). The Crimson has hit .300 or better in eight of the last 10 matches, and has recorded a percentage of .340, or better, six times.

Honor Roll
Caleb Zimmick was named the EIVA Defensive Player of the Week on February 23 after a pair of dominant performances at the net. In the first round of the Hall of Fame Morgan Classic, a 3-1 win over Concordia-Irvine, Zimmick blocked a season-high nine attacks, while also contributing seven kills. The middle blocker backed up his performance with a pair of blocks in the championship match over Springfield, another 3-1 victory for the Crimson. The award was Zimmick's second weekly EIVA honor of the season, and sixth total conference award.

Earlier this season, DJ White was named the EIVA Offensive Player of the Week on February 9, marking the first time in 2015 and fifth in his career that he won an EIVA weekly award. Casey White and Zimmick swept the weekly EIVA awards for January 19-25, with White earning offensive honors and Zimmick taking the defensive award. The award was the first of Casey White's career.

Related Links: Zimmick Named EIVA Defensive Player of the Week; DJ White Named EIVA Offensive Player of the Week ; White, Zimmick Sweep EIVA Weekly Awards

Poll Position
Harvard rose to No. 13 in the AVCA Division I-II Top 15 Poll on February 9, tying the program record for highest ranking. The Crimson has been ranked in each of the last four seasons, and for three weeks in 2015.

Ranking Superlatives
Total Weeks Ranked by AVCA – 13
Consecutive Weeks Ranked – 4, April 9-May 7, 2012
Current Weeks Ranked- N/A
Highest Ranking – No. 13, January 6-13, 2014 and February 9, 2015
Overall Record When Ranked – 10-8 
     When No. 13 – 1-3
     When No. 14 – 0-2
     When No. 15 – 9-3
Home Record When Ranked – 6-3
Road Record When Ranked – 4-4
Neutral Site Record When Ranked – 0-1
In 2015, when ranked:  5-1

2015 AVCA Weekly Ranking
Dec. 10- N/A
Jan. 12- N/A
Jan. 19- N/A
Jan. 26- No. 15
Feb. 2- No. 15
Feb. 9- No. 13
Feb. 16- RV
Feb. 23- RV

At the MAC
The Crimson has played 36 matches under the roof of the Malkin Athletic Center over the past three years, and boasts a 29-7 (.806) 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 match at home, Harvard swept cross-town rival MIT, 3-0.

Scouting Saint Francis
Saint Francis is currently fourth in the EIVA, with a 1-1 record, and is 2-12 overall. Its conference victory came against George Mason, 3-1. Jeff Hogan leads the team with 2.56 kills per set, while Jeremy Gaston and Stephen Braswell have contributed 2.52 and 2.48 kills per set, respectively. The Red Flash hit .307 during its two conference matches.

Scouting Penn State
The Nittany Lions are unbeaten, at 2-0, in EIVA play, and hold a 4-9 overall record. Outside hitter Aaron Russell leads the team, and ranks third in the nation, with 4.48 kills per set. Nick Goodell ranks 25th nationally with 3.41 kills per set, and Taylor Hammond rates second in the EIVA with 10.31 assists per set.

Around the EIVA
Princeton (6-4, 3-0 EIVA) leapt to the top of the EIVA standings with wins over Harvard and Sacred Heart, while Penn State (4-9, 2-0 EIVA) stayed undefeated in conference play with a triumph over George Mason (2-8, 0-2 EIVA). Harvard sits third in the EIVA, at 2-1, while Sacred Heart (4-6, 1-2 EIVA) and St. Francis (Pa.) (1-12, 1-1 EIVA) both picked up their first league victories.

Chasing Records
Through 12 matches, multiple Harvard student-athletes are looking to ascend the Crimson record books:




Matt Jones '12
Brady Weissbourd '09
DJ White '15





Chris Gibbons '14
Nick Madden '14 
DJ White '15


Solo Bocks



Ryan Estendorf '96
Brady Weissbourd '09
Caleb Zimmick '15


Block Assists



Ed Panaku '00
Caleb Zimmick '15


Total Blocks



Ed Panaku '00
Evan Mager '99
Caleb Zimmick '15





Rob Lothman '13
Gil Weintruab '10
Nick Bendell '17 




















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










Penn State


George Mason


Saint Francis (Pa.)


Sacred Heart

Votes (first place)

48 (7)

38 (1)






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 an 84-64 record on the sidelines, including a 59-26 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?
Harvard hosts Springfield on Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at the Malkin Athletic Center. The match can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.