Men's Volleyball Travels to Sacred Heart, Hosts Springfield

Men's Volleyball Travels to Sacred Heart, Hosts Springfield
Matchup Harvard at Sacred Heart
Date Jan. 27, 2018
Time 7 p.m.
Venue William H. Pitt Center
Live Stats Harvard at Sacred Heart
Series Harvard leads, 28-9
Last Meeting W, 3-0 (March 24, 2017


Matchup Harvard vs. Springfield
Date Jan. 29, 2018
Time 6 p.m.
Venue Malkin Athletic Center
Live Stats Harvard vs. Springfield
Live Stream Ivy League Network
Broadcasters Ben Altsher
  Craig White
Series Harvard trails, 21-28
Last Meeting L, 2-3 (Feb. 6, 2016)


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team will travel to Bridgeport, Conn. to face EIVA opponent Sacred Heart this Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m in its first conference match up of the season. Returning to Cambridge for its home opener, the Crimson will host Springfield on Monday Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. on the Ivy League Network.

Last Time Out
The Crimson (0-2) dropped its first two matches on the road last weekend, falling to both Fort Wayne and No. 15 Ball State, 1-3. Sophomore setter Matthew Ctvrtlik had a standout night against Ball State, recording his first career triple-double with 10 kills, 16 assists and 10 digs. Registering 25 digs through the first two matches, sophomore Chase Howard sits at third in the nation for digs per set at 3.13.

Scouting Sacred Heart
The Pioneers enter Saturday's match with a 0-2 record, placing them one spot below Harvard at seventh in the EIVA standings. Sacred Heart also fell to both Ball State and Fort Wayne last weekend. Junior Emerson Waumans currently leads the team in kills at 25, while senior Joshua Ayenzenberg tops the nation in digs per set with 3.50.

Scouting Springfield
The Pride are currently on a four-game winning streak, all of which were 3-0 sweeps. Four members of Springfield's roster have reached above 30 kills this season, including senior outside hitter Ricardo Padilla Ayala who leads the team with 40. Springfield now stands at 4-1 on the season.

Last Season
Harvard completed its 2017 season with a 10-13 overall record, splitting conference play with a 7-7 mark. The Crimson averaged 10.91 kills per set with a .269% hitting percentage. Along with 8.94 digs per set, the Crimson put up 2.34 blocks per set as well. At the conclusion of the season, senior setter Marko Kostich was selected to the All-EIVA second team for the 2017 season.

Returning to the Court
The Crimson returns 12 members of the 2017 squad, including senior co-captains Jack Heavey and Riley Moore. One of Harvard's leading scorers, Erik Johnsson who ranked second on the team last season with 229 kills and 40 blocks, returns for his sophomore season, along with sophomore Chase Howard who registered 146 digs, good for second on the team.

Fresh Faces
Harvard welcomes three newcomers to the 2018 roster, including freshmen outside hitters Adam Gordon of San Diego, Calif., Griffin Schmit of Clarence Center, N.Y. and sophomore middle blocker Kevin Zhao of Edison, N.J.

Coaches' Corner
Head coach Brian Baise is in the midst of his 10th season at the helm of the Harvard men's volleyball program. Baise owns a 112-96 record on the sidelines, including an 87-58 record over the past six seasons.

Six-Year Streak
For six-years straight, the Harvard men's volleyball team has received the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. As one of 19 collegiate men's programs in the nation to earn the award, the team compiled for a top-five GPA among all men's programs.

Ivy League Network
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What's Next?
The men return to action on Thursday, Feb. 8, hosting Long Beach State at 7 p.m. on the Ivy League Network.