Men’s Volleyball Heads West for Asics Tournament

Men’s Volleyball Heads West for Asics Tournament

Game Info

Series Record
Last Meeting

Harvard vs. No. 8 Long Beach St.
Friday, Mar. 13
10 p.m.
Walter Pyramid
Live Stats
Harvard trails, 3-0
L, 3-1 (1/4/14)

Game Info

Series Record
Last Meeting

Harvard vs. CSUN
Saturday, Mar. 14
8 p.m.
Walter Pyramid
Live Stats
Series tied, 1-1
W, 3-1(3/10/12)

Harvard plays three total matches on its west-coast trip (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Competing in its second tournament of the season, Harvard men's volleyball travels to Long Beach State to compete in the Asics Tournament March 13-14. The Crimson opens the event against the host 49ers at 10 p.m. EST before taking on Cal State-Northridge the following day at 8 p.m. EST. The entire tournament can be tracked here.

Last Time Out
In its final outing of a three-match homestand, Harvard defeated Springfield, 3-1, at the Malkin Athletic Center. The victory came by set scores of 25-20, 25-16, 20-25, and 25-21.

Three Crimson hitters recorded double-digit kills, with DJ White leading the way with 13. Caleb Zimmick added 11 while hitting .500, and Branden Clemens recorded his second double-double in three matches with 10 kills and a career-high 12 digs. Nick Bendell helped the Crimson hit above .300 for the 10th time, dishing out 37 assists in the match.

Defensively, Harvard limited Springfield to a .239 hitting percentage, including a -.087 clip in the second period. The Crimson added 10 team blocks, led by Bendell, Clemens, and Brad Gretsch tallying a game-high four.

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Can You Dig It?
Through 14 matches Harvard ranks 11th in the country in digs per set (9.24). DJ White (20th, 2.17), Casey White (26th, 2.04), Samuel Murphy (37th, 1.87), and Branden Clemens (49th, 1.76) 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 sixth-best hitting percentage (.310). The Crimson has hit .300 or better 10 times, including a season-best .525 at home against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Feb. 27.

Player of the Month
Outside hitter Branden Clemens was named the Off the Block/Springbak National Player of the Month for February. Clemens was a focal point of the Crimson attack during its eight February matches, as he posted double-digit kills and hit .300 or better six times. He was named the MVP of the Hall of Fame Morgan Classic, held February 20-21, after recording 32 kills in the two matches to go with 10 digs and nine blocks. He also hit .475 at the tournament. Clemens received over 10,518 votes to win the award.

Related Link: Clemens Named Off The Block/Springbak National Player of the Month

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 in the 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
Mar. 2- RV
Mar. 9- RV

At the MAC
The Crimson has played 38 matches under the roof of the Malkin Athletic Center over the past three-plus years, and boasts a 30-8 (.789) 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, the Crimson toppled Springfield 3-1.

Scouting No. 8 Long Beach State
Long Beach State has been a mainstay in the AVCA Top-15 Poll in 2015, and enter the matchup with Harvard ranked eighth. The 49ers are 10-8 on the season, including 7-8 in the MPSF, and are led by Cody Martin with 3.02 kills per set. The squad leads the country in digs per set (10.29) with Ryan Windisch posting a team-high 2.92 per frame.

Scouting CSUN
Cal State-Northridge has moved in and out of the AVCA Top-15 Poll, and enters the Asics Tournament with a 5-12 record, including 3-10 in the MPSF. Sam Holt and Damani Lenore lead the Matadors' attack, with 3.57 and 3.00 kills per set, respectively.

Around the EIVA
Penn State (7-9, 4-0 EIVA) took control of the conference, jumping to the top of the EIVA standings with wins over Harvard and Sacred Heart. Princeton (8-5, 4-1 EIVA) fell to fourth-place George Mason (5-9, 2-2 EIVA) for its first loss in league play, dropping the Tigers to second place. Harvard sits third in the EIVA, at 3-2.

Chasing Records
Through 14 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 86-66 record on the sidelines, including a 61-27 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 concludes its stay in southern California with a Tuesday contest at No. 5 Pepperdine. First serve is set for 10 p.m. EST and can be streamed live on