Men's Volleyball Triumphs in Five Set Victory at NJIT

Men's Volleyball Triumphs in Five Set Victory at NJIT

NEWARK, N.J. – Career nights from Marko Kostich and Matthew Ctvrtlik led the Harvard men's volleyball team to its second straight win of the weekend tonight, Feb. 24 at NJIT. The Crimson improved to 3-2 in EIVA play, 3-8 overall this season. The win came by set scores of 29-27, 19-25, 20-25 and 15-8. 

Senior Kostich slammed down a career-high 13 kills tonight against the Highlanders, only six behind a team-leading 19 from Brad Gretsch. Kostich led the team with a .684 hitting percentage and finished second on the Crimson's line up with 24 assists, behind Ctvrtlik who recorded a career-high 32 helpers. Ctvrtlik (32 assists, 13 digs), Gretsch (19 kills, 10 digs) and Kostich (13 kills, 24 assists) all recorded double-doubles, the first of Gretsch's career.

Set One
- Three kills by Gretsch gave the Crimson its first three points of the match en route to a 3-3 gridlock
- A 5-0 run that included three straight assists from Ctvrtlik gave Harvard the lead at 10-8
- The teams tied the score four times from here until a 3-0 run from the Crimson forced a NJIT time out at 18-18
- After tying the score again at 23-23 and trading the next eight points, Harvard sealed a 29-27 win off two kills back-to-back kills from Gretsch

Set Two
- The Highlanders jumped to a 13-10 lead to start the set
- NJIT continued to maintain control, taking a 22-14 lead
- The Crimson capitalized on errors from NJIT, inching back within five at 23-18
- Unable to handle the Highlander's attack, Harvard fell 25-19 in set two

Set Three
- NJIT opened set three with a 3-0 run led by Alvaro Gimeno
- Harvard tied the score at 10-10 and again at 13-13, both off service aces from Kostich and Riley Moore, respectively
- Kills from Trevor Dow and Kostich gave the Crimson some momentum, trailing by one at 18-17
- Four kills from NJIT's Piotr Namiotko allowed the Highlander's to take set three 25-20

Set Four
- With the match on the line, Harvard sprinted to a 4-1 lead to begin set four
- The Crimson held pressure on attack, taking a 9-4 advantage from two Erik Johnsson kills and one Dow service ace
- NJIT continued to falter under Harvard's offense, allowing the Crimson to take a 21-10 lead
- A kill from Moore kept Harvard's chances alive, forcing a fifth set

Set Five
- Harvard came out of the gates firing, taking an early 6-2 advantage
- Errors from the Highlander's increased Harvard's lead to 12-7 midway through the set
- NJIT failed to find composure against the Crimson's attack, falling 15-8

Up Next
Harvard returns home after nearly a month on the road, hosting EIVA opponent Charlestown (W.V.) March 2-3 at the Malkin Athletic Center. Both matches will be streamed on the Ivy League Network.