CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team downed Sacred Heart in three sets Saturday, Jan. 27 in its first EIVA match up of the season. The win came by set scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-14.
Jack Heavey led the Crimson (1-2, 1-0 EIVA) with 10 kills and a .471 hitting percentage, with support from Erik Johnsson who recorded nine. Matthew Ctvrtlik assisted Harvard with nine digs, followed closely behind by Johnsson and Heavey who tallied eight and seven, respectively. Heavey added another note to the scoreboard tonight, registering a team-high five blocks.
- The Crimson was off to a strong start, recording the first four points of the match, led by a pair of kills by Heavey and a block by Ctvrtlik
- Sacred Heart immediately chipped back at the score getting the next four points, leading to back and forth play from both teams until the Crimson went on a 9-2 run to take a 20-12 lead
- Harvard sealed the match at 25-14 with the final four points off errors and a final kill from Trevor Dow
- The teams traded the first six points before the Crimson took its first lead at 8-7 after back-to-back attacking errors from the Pioneers
- Harvard went on a 9-4 run to take the 13-10 lead, which Sacred Heart quickly answered back with a 3-0 run of its own
- The Crimson ended the set on a 12-7 run, featuring two kills by both Heavey and Marko Kostich
- The teams again exchanged the first four points until Harvard went on a 8-2 run, sparked by a kill and service ace by Ctvrtlik
- Harvard continued to dominate on attack, registering the next four points, three of which were kills by Heavey
- The Crimson extended its lead to 21-10 and held Sacred Heart off from here to seal the match at 25-14
- Harvard now leads Sacred Heart 29-9 in the all-time series
- The Crimson hit at .324 as a team with Marko Kostich recording a team-high 16 asssits
- Harvard tallied 15 blocks, registered by five members of the Crimson squad
Havard will host Springfield its home opener this Monday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Malkin Athletic Center. The match will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.