CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Adding to a Crimson program that finished fifth in the EIVA regular season standings in 2017 with a 7-7 conference mark, the Harvard men's volleyball team will welcome two freshmen to its roster for the 2018 season. Adam Gordon of California and Griffin Schmit of New York will join as the class of 2021.
Gordon, an outside hitter, was a four-year varsity starter in both indoor and sand volleyball, where he led his team in kills per game in 2016 and 2017. Schmit, an opposite/outside hitter, was a four-year varsity starter and captain at Canisius High School in Clarence, New York where he led his team to a league championship title.
"Griffin and Adam will be impact players for us in the years ahead," stated head coach Brian Baise. "They have experience playing at the top juniors and high school levels, which will quicken their transition to the college game, and both bring a lot of skill and athleticism to our roster. We expect them to make a difference for us this year both at the net and at the service line."
The Crimson kicks of its 2018 slate on Friday, Jan. 19th at Fort Wayne.
Adam Gordon | 6'2" | Outside Hitter | San Diego, Calif. | Francis Parker
Four-year volleyball letter winner at Francis Parker High School … Selected as captain in 2017 … Led in kills per game in 2016 and 2017 … Competed on the Seaside Volleyball Club team for five years … Captain of club team in 2013, 2016 and 2017 … Competed on the Coast Volleyball Club team for two years … Played sand volleyball for four years … Awarded All League CIF First Team and Second Team in indoor career … Awarded the David Glassey Athletic Achievement Award … Francis Parker Hall of Fame nomination … President of Chinese Honors Society in 2017 … Received Honors Awards from 2014-17.
Griffin Schmit | 6'5" |Opposite Hitter/Outside Hitter | Clarence Center, N.Y. | Canisius High
Four-year volleyball letter winner at Canisius High School …. Selected as captain in 2015 … Led his team to a 34-0 record in 2015, becoming the #1 ranked team on the East Coast … Won four consecutive league (MMAA) championships … First four-year varsity starter in program history … Selected to the USA Boys Youth National Training Team in 2016 and the National Team in 2014 and 2015 … New York Volleyball Coaches Association Section Six Player of the Year in 2015 … Buffalo News' Prep Talk Player of the Year in 2015 … High First Academic Honors Student all four years … National Honor Society member … Completed 200+ community service hours throughout high school … Brother plays D1 basketball at the University of Central Arkansas.