Men's Volleyball Hits the Road for Two Conference Matchups

Men's Volleyball Hits the Road for Two Conference Matchups
Matchup Harvard at Saint Francis (Pa.)*
Date Feb. 16, 2018
Time 7 p.m.
Venue DeGol Arena
Live Stats Harvard at Saint Francis (Pa.)
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Series Harvard leads, 10-6
Last Meeting L, 2-3 (April 7, 2017)


Matchup Harvard at No. 9 Penn State*
Date Feb. 17, 2018
Time 4 p.m.
Venue Rec Hall
Live Stats Harvard at Penn State
Series Harvard trails, 1-15
Last Meeting L, 0-3 (April 8, 2017


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team returns to conference play on the road this weekend with two EIVA match ups. The Crimson will first face Saint Francis (Pa.) on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m., before traveling to No. 9 Penn State for a 4 p.m. match on Saturday, Feb. 17. Harvard heads into the weekend third in the EIVA with a 1-0 record and 1-6 overall.

Last Time Out
The Crimson faced three tough battles this weekend, falling to all three opponents. Harvard was first defeated 3-0 by No. 1 Long Beach State at home on Thursday, Feb. 8. The Crimson then headed to the Morgan Classic at Springfield College where the team was unable to edge SUNY New Paltz or Stevenson, dropping 3-2 and 3-1 decisions, respectively.

We Want Moore
Senior co-captain Riley Moore dominated for the Crimson on attack this weekend. The 6-5 middle blocker registered hitting percentages over .500 for three straight matches, with marks of .667 against Long Beach State, .700 over SUNY New Paltz and .600 versus Stevenson. On top of this, Moore recorded just one error throughout the three contests. The Santa Monica, Calif. native has already notched 48 kills in seven matches so far this season.

Scouting Saint Francis (Pa.)
Saint Francis (Pa.) enters the weekend with a 5-8 overall record, 0-1 in conference play. The Red Flash have lost three in a row, last falling to EIVA opponent Penn State in three sets. Redshirt senior Stephen Braswell leads the team in kills at 125 on the season and 2.84 per set. Defensively, freshman Ryan Alu tops the Red Storm with 2.29 per set and Keith Kegerreis taps in with 43 blocks. Saint Francis leads the EIVA in kills (455), assists (421), digs (402), total blocks, 85) and service aces (59).

Scouting Penn State
Penn State currently sits one spot ahead of Harvard in the EIVA standings with a 1-0 mark in conference play and 6-2 overall record. The ninth-ranked team in the country is leads the EIVA in hitting percentage at .320. The Nittany Lions are led by redshirt senior Jalen Penrose who has notched 79 kills so far this season, followed closely behind by Aidan Albrecht and Matthew McLaren who have both totaled 76 apiece.

Heavey Heating Up
Senior co-captain Jack Heavey was tabbed the EIVA Offensive Player on the Week on Jan. 29 after a standout performance against Sacred Heart. The outside hitter posted career-highs in six categories, kills (10), attacks (17), hitting percentage (.471), service aces (two), digs (seven) and blocks (five). Heavey led the Crimson to its first win of the season, defeating the Pioneers 3-0, and currently sits at fifth in the EIVA in attacking percentage (.294).

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 tenth season at the helm of the Harvard men's volleyball program this weekend. 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.

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What's Next?
Harvard will continue its road swing with two more EIVA opponents, traveling to Princeton on Friday, Feb. 23 for a 7 p.m. matchup and NJIT on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. Friday's match against Princeton will be streamed on the Ivy League Network.