CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team (5-8, 5-2 EIVA) swept past Charleston (W. Va.) (8-4, 3-3 EIVA) today, March 3, at the Malkin Athletic Center and gained its second win of the weekend over the Golden Eagles to improve to 5-2 in conference play. The Crimson earned its fifth win of the season by set scores of 25-18, 25-15 and 25-23.
For the second consecutive night, senior Brad Gretsch topped the Crimson's line up with nine kills, while Marko Kostich notched eight with only one error for a team-high .538 hitting percentage. Matthew Ctvrtlik contributed to Harvard's offense with a team-leading 15 assists as well as seven kills. Senior co-captain Riley Moore came up big for the Crimson defensively, tallying 10 block assists, while sophomore Chase Howard added nine digs. Harvard held the Golden Eagles to a .034 hitting percentage throughout the match.
- Harvard gained a quick 2-0 lead to open the match off back-to-back block assists from Gretsch, Kostich and Moore
- A 3-0 run featuring a kill, block and service ace by the Crimson increased its lead to 12-7
- Kostich's third kill of the set brought Harvard up 22-15
- Errors from Charleston (W. Va.) secured the set for the Crimson at 25-18
- Trevor Dow slammed down a kill from Ctvrtlik to give Harvard the first point of the set
- The Crimson and Golden Eagles went point-for-point throughout the start, until Harvard went on a 4-0 run to take a 16-10 lead
- Kills from Erik Johnsson and Ctvrtlik put the Crimson at the 20 mark
- Charleston (W. Va.) came within six at 21-15, but Harvard scored three in a row to take set two 25-15
- Harvard came out blazing in set three, charging to a commanding 10-2 lead
- The Golden Eagles fought back, cutting the deficit to 17-13
- Behind the arms of Gretsch and Ctvrtlik, Harvard created space at 21-15
- Charleston (W. Va.) did not back down, coming within one at 22-21
- Attacking errors and a final block by Moore allowed the Crimson to take the match 25-23
The Crimson will take a trip to California to face CSUN, USC and Concordia University Irvine, Saturday through Monday, March 10-12. All matches will begin at 10 p.m. EST.