Harvard vs. Saint Francis
Harvard vs. Penn State
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off of back-to-back wins against Charleston (W. Va.) this past weekend, the Harvard men's volleyball team will host its last two home contests of the season. The Crimson will face Saint Francis (Pa.) and Penn State on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8. Both contests will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Harvard men's volleyball team earned back-to-back wins against Charleston (W. Va.) this past weekend, registering a 3-0 victory on Friday, March 31 and a 3-1 win on Saturday, April 1. The two conference wins pushed the Crimson to a 9-10 overall record and a 6-4 record in the EIVA, good for second place.
Follow the Leader
Which member of the Crimson holds the highest record this season?
Kills – Casey White, 201
Hitting Percentage – Riley Moore .424
Assists – Marko Kostich, 364
Digs – Casey White, 138
Blocks – Trevor Dow, 66
Points – Casey White, 240.5
Scouting Penn State
No. 12 Penn State currently sits atop the EVIA rankings with a 16-9 overall record and an 8-2 mark in EIVA play. The Nittany Lions will rely on senior Chris Nugent who has recorded 257 kills this season, and freshman Luke Braswell who boasts 10.41 assists per set. Junior Kevin Gear leads the Nittany Lions with 1.01 blocks per set. Harvard trails Penn State in the overall series, 1-14. The Crimson dropped a 3-0 decision to the Nittany Lions in the last meeting on February 17.
Scouting Saint Francis
The Red Flash currently hold an 11-14 overall record, and are tied with the Crimson in the EIVA standings with a 6-4 conference record. The Red Flash will rely on efforts from senior Jeff Hogan who has registered 333 kills this season, and senior Daniel Ford, who has notched 839 helpers. Junior Keith Kegerreis leads the Red Flash with 62 total blocks this season. Harvard leads Saint Francis in the overall series, 10-5. The Crimson earned a 3-2 win earlier this season against the Red Flash on February 18.
Harvard has registered 688 digs over the course of 76 sets, good for 9.05 digs per set and second in the EIVA. Five members of the Crimson have tallied 80 digs or more this season: Casey White (138), Chase Howard (125), Marko Kostich (99), Erik Johnsson (95) and Matthew Ctvrtlik (94).
Baby Got Blocks
Senior Casey White, junior Riley Moore, sophomore Trevor Dow and freshmen Erik Johnsson and Matthew Ctvrtlik have registered a combined 258 blocks since the beginning of the season. Eight members of the Crimson have tallied 10 blocks or more. Harvard currently averages 2.49 blocks per set, which is first in the EIVA and sixth in the country.
Breaking It DOWn
Sophomore Trevor Dow averages 1.10 blocks/set, ranking ninth nationally and first in the EIVA. The middle blocker has registered 66 blocks this season, besting his 56 blocks from last season.
During the matches against Princeton, NJIT, and Coker, Casey White tallied a combined 13 digs and surpassed his brother, DJ White '15, for career digs. Currently, Casey has 611 digs in his tenure, while DJ recorded 556. Casey sits in second place in the all-time record book.
Though Erik Johnsson and Matthew Ctvrtlik are new to Harvard, the freshmen are making their presence known on the court. Johnsson has earned 183 kills and 10 service aces so far this season, while Ctvrtlik has registered 349 assists for the year.
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 107-86 record on the sidelines, including a 82-48 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.
Harvard will conclude its regular season on the road at Princeton on April 14 and NJIT on April 15.