Strong Defense from Men’s Volleyball Leads Harvard Past Sacred Heart, 3-0

Moore paced the Crimson defense with seven blocks (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard men's volleyball team downed Sacred Heart in three sets on Friday evening at the Malkin Athletic Center. The win came with set scores of 25-23, 25-12 and 25-21.

Erik Johnsson and Casey White led the Crimson (7-10, 4-4 EIVA) with 7 kills each, with support from Samuel Murphy, who registered six digs. Matthew Ctvrtlik also assisted the Crimson with 15 helpers and five blocks, while Riley Moore registered seven stoppers.

The Crimson were off to a strong start after a 7-4  run in the first set, however, the Pioneers fought back, coming within one point until a kill from Johnsson gave the Crimson a 19-17 advantage. Moore shot one down the middle to give the Crimson the set point, 25-23.

The second set started off strong for the Pioneers, going point-for-point until the teams were knotted at 6 apiece. Harvard's defense stepped up in the second set, record 8.5 blocks as a team, and Ctvrtlik and Moore notching four and three blocks, respectively. Harvard limited the Pioneers to a -.214 hitting percentage in the set, while the Crimson earned a season-high .533 hitting percentage during the stanza.

The first 28 points of the third set were neck and neck between the Crimson and Sacred Heart, until a kill from Johnsson gave Harvard the advantage. Sacred Heart fought back to tie the score to 19 apiece, but the Crimson held the Pioneers to a .167 hitting percentage. Johnsson added four kills and two blocks during the frame, while Trevor added two blocks.
Harvard will travel to West Virginia to face Charleston on Friday, March 31 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, April 1 at 3 p.m.

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