CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team will welcome four freshmen to its roster for the 2017 season. They join a Crimson team that finished 2016 third in the EIVA regular season with a 9-6 mark and 13-11 overall, while advancing to the conference semi-finals for the fifth year in a row.
Setter Matthew Ctvrtlik comes to Harvard from Newport Beach, California, where he was recently featured in the June 2016 issue of Volleyball Magazine for being a four-time All-Tournament Team Selection at Junior Nationals. Ctvrtlik also led Corona del Mar to two regional titles. Middle blocker Martin Heavey recorded 1,000 career kills at Valley High School in Henderson, Nevada, and was named Conference Player of the Year and All-Division First Team. Chase Howard, who plays both libero and outside hitter, hails from Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he was the State Player of the Year and member of the USA Youth National Training Team. Outside hitter Erik Johnsson, meanwhile, led McQuaid Jesuit in Rochester, New York, to state titles in 2012 and 2015.
"We're excited to have such a multi-talented group coming in next year," stated head coach Brian Baise. "They are athletic and experienced and they all love to compete. It's a group that will make an impact on our program from the start, both on and off the court. We're looking forward to working with them in the years to come."
Matthew Ctvrtlik | 6-5 | Setter | Newport Beach, Calif. | Corona del Mar
Featured on the cover of the June 2016 issue of Volleyball Magazine … Earned four varsity letters in both boys' volleyball and basketball at Corona del Mar … Captained volleyball team as a senior … Selected to the 2015 All-CIF first team in basketball and volleyball … Named to the 2014 All-CIF first team in volleyball ... Three-time All-League first team in volleyball from 2013-15 … Assisted volleyball team to two regional titles … Named the Daily Pilot Dream Team Player of the Year in basketball in 2015 … Selected to 2016 All-League first team in basketball … MVP in basketball in 2013, 2014 and 2016 … Member of basketball Dream Team in 2016 … Played with Balboa Bay Volleyball Team for six years and named captain for all six … Helped Balboa place second twice and third once at the Junior Olympics … Bob Ctvrtlik, father, graduated from Pepperdine in 1985 and was a three-time Olympic Volleyball Athlete.
Martin Heavey | 6-4 | Middle Blocker | Henderson, Nev. | Valley
Three-year letterwinner in volleyball and two-time captain … Named 2015 Men's Volleyball Conference Player of the Year and first team All-region … Selected to the 2016 men's volleyball All-Division first team, Valley High School Co-Player of the Year, and Best of Nevada Preps first team … Recorded 1,000 career kills … Assisted Valley in winning the 2015 Sunrise Northeast Division title … Four-year letterwinner in tennis and captained the team in 2015 … Named 2014 Valley High School men's tennis Player of the Year and 2015's Co-Player of the Year … Selected to the 2015 All-Division first team, All-Conference first team, and Valley High School Player of the Year in tennis … Played for Vegas Volleyball Club for four years … Five-year eagle scout … Valley High School Valedictorian … Jack Heavey '18, brother, is also a member of Harvard's men's volleyball team.
Chase Howard | 6-2 | Libero/Outside Hitter | Virginia Beach, Va. | Princess Anne
Four-year volleyball letterwinner at Princess Anne … Selected as captain in 2015 and 2016 … Named to the All-Tournament team at the Virginia Showcase from 2013-16 … Selected to the All-District first team from 2013-16, All-Region first team from 2014-16, and All-Region second team in 2013 … Named to the All-State first team from 2014-16, All-Tidewater first team from 2014-16, and MVP from 2014-16 … Selected for the USA Youth National Training Team in 2015 … Named All-State Player of the Year, All-Tidewater Player of the Year, All-District Player of the Year, and All-Region Player of the Year in 2016 … Selected as Princess Anne Male Athlete of the Year in 2016 … Captain of 7 Cities club team in 2011 and Coastal club team from 2013-16 … Played with Coastal for six years and 7 Cities for one year.
Erik Johnsson | 6-4 | Outside Hitter | Rochester, N.Y. | McQuaid Jesuit
Four-year letterwinner in volleyball at McQuaid Jesuit … Won a Junior Beach 18U National Championship … Assisted McQuaid Jesuit in winning state championships in 2012 and 2015 … Named to the All-Greater Rochester team in 2015 … Also earned one varsity letter in basketball … Played club volleyball with Pace Bootlegger from 2011-14, and 2016, and Victor VBC 17s in 2015 … Captained Victor VBC 17s in 2015 and Pace Bootlegger in 2016 … Helped Victor VBC 17s place 10th at the Boys' Junior National Championships … Two-time New York State Scholar Athlete recipient … Achieved first honors at McQuaid every year … Academic Letter recipient … Accrued over 150 service hours in high school, including a service trip to Ecuador in spring 2016 … E. Todd Johnsson, father, was a Hall of Fame Basketball player at Case Western Reserve University.