The Crimson currently leads the EIVA with 2.46 blocks/set (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Hosting their last match before heading to the west coast, the Harvard men's volleyball team will face Coker on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
The Harvard men's volleyball team fell in five sets to Sacred Heart on March 3 at the Pitt Center. The final tallies read 25-23, 25-19, 19-25, 17-25 and 10-15. Matthew Ctvrtlik recorded his second-career double-double with the Crimson (5-7, 3-4 EIVA) posting 21 assists and 10 digs. Trevor Dow recorded seven stoppers in the contest with support from Casey White, who notched 11 kills and nine digs. Erik Johnsson earned double-digit kills for the third consecutive game, slamming 12 down against the Pioneers.
Harvard has registered 464 digs over the course of 50 sets, good for 9.35 digs per set and second in the EIVA. Six members of the Crimson have tallied 40 digs or more this season: Casey White (102), Chase Howard (101), Erik Johnsson (64), Marko Kostich (57) and Matthew Ctvrtlik (54).
Baby Got Blocks
Juniors Riley Moore and Marko Kostich, senior Casey White and sophomore Trevor Dow have registered a combined 211 blocks since the beginning of the season. Eight members of the Crimson have tallied 10 blocks or more. Harvard currently averages 2.47 blocks per set, which is first in the EIVA and fifth in the country.
Breaking It DOWn
Sophomore Trevor Dow averages 1.08 blocks/set, ranking ninth nationally and first in the EIVA. The middle blocker has registered 42 blocks this season and is en route to beating his 56 blocks from last season.
During the matches against Princeton and NJIT, Casey White tallied a combined 11 digs and surpassed his brother, DJ White '15, for career digs. Currently, Casey now has 575 digs in his tenure, while DJ recorded 556. Casey sits in second 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
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
No. Name Year Digs
1. Chris Gibbons '14 2010-14 789
2. Casey White '17 2013-pres. 575
3. DJ White '15 2011-15 556
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
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 121 kills and nine service aces so far this season, while Ctvrtlik has registered 209 assists for the year.
Senior Casey White has recorded a double-double in five games this season:
Jan. 13 at Lewis 11 kills, 10 digs
Feb. 18 at Saint Francis 11 kills, 11 digs
Coker finished last season with a 14-9 overall record. The Cobras will rely on sophomore Joao Victor Santos, who has recorded 143 kills this season, and junior Aleksa Bijelic, who has notched 383 helpers this season. Freshman middle blocker Luca Berger leads the Cobras with 33 blocks this season. This will be the first meeting between Harvard and Coker.
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.
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 104-86 record on the sidelines, including a 79-48 mark over the past five seasons. The Crimson was 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.
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com 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.
Harvard will travel to the west coast to a trio of ranked competitors during the week of March 11-18. Harvard will battle against No. 7 UCLA on March 11, No. 13 UC Santa Barbara on March 13 and No. 14 USC on March 15.