PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard men's volleyball team (2-8, 2-2 EIVA), picked up its second conference win of the season tonight at Princeton (1-11, 0-4 EIVA), sweeping the Tigers in three sets. The Crimson kept Princeton from its first conference win of the year by set scores of 25-22, 25-19 and 25-18.
Senior Brad Gretsch returned to the lineup tonight, making a big impact offensively with a team-leading 13 kills. Riley Moore followed closely behind at 10, while Jack Heavey registered eight. Trevor Dow and Moore both hit for .600, a season high for Dow. Matthew Ctvrtlik contributed to the attack with 22 assists, a season high for him as well, while Marko Kostich added 14 helpers.
Defensively, both Ctvrtlik and Dow put up five blocks apiece against the Tigers offense. Senior co-captain Heavey tied his career high in digs at 10, while Gretsch recorded seven.
- The teams tied the score seven times before Harvard pulled away on a 7-3 run to take a 14-10 lead to open the match
- Kills by five different members of the Crimson squad increased Harvard's lead to 22-15
- Moore slammed down two kills to bring the Crimson up 24-20, and a service error on the Tigers sealed the set at 25-22
- A kill by Dow and service ace from Kostich gave Harvard an early 3-1 advantage
- Princeton tied it up at 3-3 before the Crimson went on a 6-3 run to take back its lead at 9-6
- Ctvrtlik and Heavey stopped Princeton's mid-set 3-0 run with two back-to-back kills to make it 16-12
- Harvard gained its next six points off of five kills and one service ace
- Dow finished the set at 25-19 with his first service ace of the night to put the Crimson in set point position
- Three straight blocks from Ctvrtlik and Dow gave Harvard the first three points of the set
- After the Tigers tied it up at 3-3, the Crimson responded with a 4-0 run of its own to take a 7-3 advantage
- Midway through the set, two back-to-back kills by Gretsch and one by Dow gave Harvard it's 13th, 14th and 15th points
- Princeton itched its way back to come within four at 20-16
- Four kills at the end of the set gave Harvard the win at 25-18
Harvard will face EIVA opponent NJIT tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 24 for a 4 p.m. showdown.