The team will see Fort Wayne, Ball State, Alderson Broaddus and George Mason during the five-game stretch (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team kicks off a five-game stretch at home, hosting Fort Wayne on Thursday, Jan. 19 and Ball State on Friday, Jan. 20.
Last Time Out
The Crimson kicked off its 2017 campaign at No. 6 Lewis and No. 8 Loyola-Chicago. Harvard fell in five sets, 3-2, to No. 6 Lewis on Jan. 13, the Flyers won by set scores of 19-25, 25-19, 13-25, 25-23 and 12-15. The Crimson was unable to edge No. 8 Loyola-Chicago on Jan. 14, falling 3-0 to the Hamblers.
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 tallied 16 kills and two service aces over the opening weekend, while Ctvrtlik registered 38 assists during the two-game span.
Sophomore Trevor Dow and junior Brad Gretsch stepped up for the Crimson during its opening weekend. Dow registered a combined seven blocks, while Gretsch added six stoppers.
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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
2. Chris Gibbons '14 2014 216
3. Joe Herger '00 2000 215
4. Chris Gibbons '14 2012 211
5. Casey White '17 2015 208
Home Court Advantage
Harvard posted a 7-2 record at the Malkin Athletic Center in 2016 and holds a 28-8 mark at home during the last three seasons.
Scouting Fort Wayne
The Mastodons finished last season with a 10-19 overall record, going 3-13 in MIVA play. Fort Wayne will rely on sophomore Michael Keegan, who averaged 9.38 assists per set in 2016, and junior Tony Price who earned 327 points and 429 kills in 2016. Harvard and Fort Wayne are tied at one win apiece in the overall series. The Crimson edged out the Mastodons, 3-0 in its last meeting on Jan. 16, 2016.
Ball State concluded their 2016 campaign with a 20-9 overall record, including a 12-4 mark in MIVA action. Key players for the Cardinals include senior Brendan Surane, who averaged 3.09 kills per set in 2016 and junior Mitch Weiler who tallied 224 kills and 177 digs in 2016. Harvard and Ball State are tied at one win apiece in the overall series. The Crimson were unable to edge the Cardinals on Jan. 15, 2016, falling 1-3.
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.