Posted: Apr 01, 2017
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Harvard men's volleyball team secured its third-consecutive win with a 3-1 victory over Charleston (W.Va.) Saturday afternoon at the Wehrle Arena. The win came by set scores of 25-17, 25-12, 11-25 and 25-18.
Two members of the Crimson (9-10, 6-4 EIVA) recorded double-digit kills with freshman Erik Johnsson leading Harvard's attack for the 11th time this season with 13 kills. The freshman hit above .500 for the second straight day while senior Casey White added 11 kills. Freshman Matthew Ctvrtlik dished out 19 assists and contributed nine digs to the defensive effort. Marko Kostich also added nine digs, while six members of the Crimson chipped in two blocks each on the defensive side of the net.
Brian Cranston tallied seven kills to lead Charleston (W.V.) (11-14, 0-11 EIVA).
Harvard came out swinging in the first frame and took a 19-14 over the Golden Eagles. Kills by Johnsson, Riley Moore and Trevor Dow kept the Crimson in control with a 23-18 margin and Harvard held off Charleston with a 25-18 win.
Harvard jetted off in the second set, taking a five-point advantage, 12-7, early in the stanza. The Crimson went on a 5-1 run to take a seven-point lead, 17-10, and continued on to a 7-0 sweep to take the set point, 25-12. The Crimsons' defense was able to hold off the Golden Eagles in the set, restricting the home team to six kills for the set.
Charleston used an 14-8 run to take a 16-11 lead in the third stanza. The Crimson were limited to a -.182 hitting percentage, and a 9-0 run from the Golden Eagles gave the home team the set point.
Harvard battled back the third set deficit, running off to a 10-8 lead in the fourth set. The teams traded points before kills from White and Dow gave the Crimson a 17-12 edge. Harvard scored the final two points to put the set away 25-18.
Harvard will host Saint Francis on April 7 and Penn State on April 8. The Crimson will celebrate the careers of their seniors, Sam Murphy and Casey White, prior to the contest on April 8. Both matches will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.