CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team (4-8, 4-2 EIVA) earned its third consecutive conference win tonight, March 2 at the Malkin Athletic Center, taking down Charleston (W. Va.), 3-1. The Crimson's win came by set scores of 25-17, 30-28, 23-25 and 25-19.
Senior Brad Gretsch led the Crimson on attack with a team-best 18 kills, while senior co-captain Riley Moore recorded a .474 hitting percentage off nine kills and zero errors. Matthew Ctvrtlik and Marko Kostich aided Harvard's offense with 27 and 23 assists, respectively. Sophomore Chase Howard recorded a team-high 13 digs for the Crimson, while Jack Heavey followed closely behind at 10. Six blocks from Trevor Dow and three from Ctvrtlik helped Harvard hold Charleston (W. Va.) to a .112 hitting percentage tonight.
- The Crimson jumped to a 15-11 lead to start the match led by the attack efforts of Heavey
- A 4-0 run featuring two kills by Gretsch gave the Harvard a 23-15 advantage
- Jack Heavey sealed the set for Harvard slamming down a kill from Marko Kostich
- Harvard committed just one error in set one, hitting for .588
- The score would tie five times to start the set until Harvard tallied three straight kills to take a 11-8 lead
- Charleston (W. Va.) chipped back at the score, taking a 16-15 lead
- After trading points into extra play, Harvard finished set two at 30-28 off a kill from Gretsch to set up the deciding third set
- The Crimson held the Golden Eagles to a .051 hitting percentage in set two
- The Golden Eagles kept pace with the Crimson at the start of set three, leading 10-9
- Harvard gained momentum off a 3-0 run to take a 12-10 lead
- Charleston (W. Va.) did not back down, taking back the lead at 18-16
- Another lead change brought the Crimson up by two at 20-18, but the Golden Eagles continued to pressure as Harvard fell 25-23
- Erik Johnsson gave Harvard three of its first seven points, forcing a Charleston (W. Va.) timeout with an 8-6 lead
- Gretsch continued to support the Crimson attack, maintaining a 16-10 advantage
- Unable to hold off Harvard's offense the remaining of the match, Charleston (W. Va.) fell 25-19
The Crimson will face Charleston (W. Va.) tomorrow, March 3 for a 4 p.m. match up at the Malkin Athletic Center.