Men’s Volleyball Returns Home to Host Princeton and NJIT

The Crimson is first in EIVA with 2.46  blocks per set (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard men's volleyball team will host Princeton and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) this weekend. The Crimson (4-5, 2-2 EIVA) will face the Tigers on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. and the Highlanders on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 4 p.m.

Last Time Out
The men's volleyball team was unable to edge No. 15 George Mason on Feb. 12, falling 3-0 to the Patriots at the Malkin Athletic Center. Casey White led the Crimson attack with nine kills, while Erik Johnsson and Brad Gretsch added seven and six kills, respectively. Marko Kostich notched 14 assists to lead Harvard, with support from White and Grestch, who earned six and five digs.

Double-Double Trouble
Senior Casey White has recorded a double-double in five games this season:
Jan. 13 at Lewis 11 kills, 10 digs
Jan. 19 vs Fort Wayne 11 kills, 18 digs
Jan. 20 vs Ball State 13 kills, 10 digs
Feb. 4 vs Alderson Broaddus 11 kills, 11 digs
Feb. 18 at Saint Francis 11 kills, 11 digs 

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 has earned 88 kills and five service aces so far this season, while Ctvrtlik has registered 145 assists for the year.
Big Blocks
Junior Riley Moore, senior Casey White, sophomore Trevor Dow and junior Brad Gretsch have registered a combined 104 blocks since the beginning of the season. Six members of the Crimson have tallied 10 blocks or more. Harvard currently averages 2.46 blocks per set, which is first in EIVA. 
I'm Only One Dig Away
Casey White is only one dig away from passing his brother, DJ White '15, for career digs. Currently, Casey has 555 digs in his tenure, while DJ recorded 556. Casey sits in third place in the all-time record book.
Climbing the Ranks
Casey White and Riley Moore are moving up the ranks in the Harvard record book. For complete information, click here.
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
Career Digs
No.      Name              Year              Digs
1. Chris Gibbons '14    2010-14           789
2. DJ White '15           2011-15           556
3. Casey White '17   2013-pres.      555

Total Blocks in a Match
1. Ed Pankau '00                     vs. Eastern Mennonite 1999   21
2. Kyle Rehkemper '14            vs. Princeton   2011               13
3. Caleb Zimmick '15              vs. Concordia 2014                  12
   Riley Moore '18                  vs George Mason 2017          12

Home Court Advantage
Harvard posted a 7-2 record at the Malkin Athletic Center in 2016 and holds a 32-11 mark at home during the last three seasons.
Scouting Princeton
Princeton finished last season with an 4-18 overall record. The Tigers will rely on junior Kendall Ratter who has recorded 127 kills this season, and senior Jonah May who has notched 298 helpers this season. Junior outside hitter Junior Obah leads the Tigers with 25 blocks this season.  Harvard trails Princeton in the overall series, 19-34. The Crimson won 3-1 against the Tigers in the last meeting on April 15, 2016.
Scouting NJIT
The Highlanders finished last season with a 8-18 overall record, including a 7-7 mark in EIVA play. The Highlanders will rely on efforts from senior Jabarry Goodridge who has recorded 196 kills this season, and sophomore Ricardo Whitaker, who has notched 340 helpers. Freshman Luke Allmond leads the Red Flash with 37 total blocks this season. Harvard leads NJIT in the overall series, 22-18. The Crimson recorded a 3-1 win over the Highlanders in its last meeting on April 16, 2016.
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.
Welcome to Cambridge
Harvard welcomes five newcomers to the team this season: Jack Connolly, Matthew Ctvrlik, Marty Heavey, Chase Howard and Erik Johnsson. This group joins the Crimson from five states around the country.
Five-Year Streak
The Harvard men's volleyball team has received the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for five-straight years, and is one of just 11 men's programs in the country to earn that distinction. Additionally, Brad Gretsch and Marko Kostich were named to the EIVA All-Academic team at the conclusion of the 2016 season.
On the Sidelines
Brian Baise enters his ninth season as head coach of the Harvard men's volleyball team in 2017. Over eight seasons, he has ushered in an era of unprecedented success for the Crimson. Baise owns a 103-84 record on the sidelines, including a 78-46 mark over the past five seasons. The Crimson were selected sixth in the 2017 EIVA Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Matthew Jones '12 was named the coaching assistant for the men's and women's volleyball teams on May 5, 2016. The former outside hitter's name floods Harvard's career record book, Jones ranks first in kills (1,218) and aces (97), third in kills per set (3.76), sixth in digs (452) and block assists (178), seventh in total blocks (206), and ninth in solo blocks (28).
Christian Vandergeest and Rob Lothman were added to the Crimson staff in December 2016.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Social Stream
Use the Social Stream on to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all three platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.
What's Next?
Harvard will travel to Connecticut to face Sacred Heart on Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. The contest will be streamed on NEC Front Row