Posted: Feb 08, 2018
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Despite a strong start in the first set, the Harvard men's volleyball team (1-4, 1-0 EIVA) was unable to edge Long Beach State (11-0, 0-0 MPSF) on Thursday evening, falling 3-0. The loss came by set scores of 25-15, 25-15 and 25-20.
Riley Moore led the Crimson attack with eight kills, zero errors and a .667 hitting percentage, while Erik Johsson and Jack Heavey followed closely behind at seven and six kills, respectively. Marko Kostich added 17 assists to lead Harvard, with support from Matthew Ctvrtlik who had 11 of his own. Ctvrtlik also guided the defense, recording seven digs on the night.
-Harvard jumped out of the gates with three of the first four points off of kills from Erik Johnsson, Jack Heavey and Riley Moore
-Long Beach would then go on two separate 3-0 runs to take a 9-6 lead
-The Crimson was unable to recover as the 49ers took eight of the next nine points
-Harvard rallied at the end with two straight kills and a service ace by Ctvrtlik, but fell to Long Beach State 25-15
-Long Beach controlled the start of set two, capitalizing on attacking errors and taking an 8-1 lead
-Despite three kills from Johnsson and two apiece from Heavey and Moore, the Crimson was defeated 25-15
-The 49ers registered the first three points of the set, but Harvard was able to come back and go on a 5-2 run off of kills from Ctvrtlik, Johnsson and Moore to tie the score at 5-5
-The teams traded the next nine points, until Moore notched two kills to tie the score again at 11-11
-Long Beach State pulled away going on a 3-0 run as the Crimson was unable to find its footing throughout the rest of the set, falling 25-20
Harvard has a quick return, heading to Springfield College for the Morgan Classic tomorrow night. The Crimson will face New Paltz State at 8 p.m.