|Matchup||Harvard vs. Sacred Heart*|
|Date||March 23, 2018|
|Venue||Malkin Athletic Center|
|Watch||Ivy League Network|
|Live Stats||Harvard vs. Sacred Heart|
|Series||Harvard leads, 29-9|
|Last Meeting||W, 3-0 (Jan. 27, 2018)|
|Matchup||Harvard vs. Alderson Broaddus|
|Date||March 24, 2018|
|Venue||Malkin Athletic Center|
|Watch||Ivy League Network|
|Live Stats||Harvard vs. Alderson Broaddus|
|Series||Harvard leads, 2-0|
|Last Meeting||W, 3-1 (Feb. 4, 2017)|
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team will begin a six-match homestand this weekend with contests against Sacred Heart and Alderson Broaddus. The Crimson will host the Pioneers on Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m., before returning for an afternoon match up against the Battlers on Saturday, March 24 at 4 p.m. Both matches will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
Last Time Out
The Crimson saw its four-match win streak snapped last weekend, suffering three non-conference losses on its trip to California from March 10-12. Harvard nearly matched No. 12 CSUN on the scoresheet, totaling 30 kills to the Matadors' 36 and 28 assists to their 30, but was ultimately out-hit and fell 3-0.
In a four-set battle with USC, Brad Gretsch tallied double-digit kills at 17 and Erik Johnsson registered zero errors for a .545 hitting percentage. Despite Harvard hitting .407 in the final frame of play, a set that went to extra points, the Crimson fell 3-1 to the Trojans.
In its third match in three days, the Crimson faced No. 14 Concordia Irvine, falling 3-1. Matthew Ctvrtlik and Johnsson each recorded double-doubles, while Trevor Dow notched three of Harvard's six service aces on the night.
Scouting Sacred Heart
The Pioneers sit at the bottom of the EIVA standings, searching for its first conference win at 0-7 this season. Currently on a six-match losing streak, Sacred Heart dropped its overall record to 2-10 March 2-3, falling in two conference contests to George Mason. The Pioneers will rely on the arms of redshirt junior Emerson Waumans who leads the team with 2.71 kills per set and junior Noah Ricchetti who has registered a .375 hitting percentage. The Crimson offense will go up against Joshua Ayzenberg who leads the Pioneers and the EIVA in digs per set at 3.02.
Scouting Alderson Broaddus
Alderson Broaddus currently sports a 3-13 overall record and comes to Cambridge 2-12 on the road. The Battlers have dropped their last three matches, most recently falling in a five-set showdown to Coker. ABU is 0-3 against EIVA opponents this season and will face Sacred Heart this Thursday before heading to Harvard. Senior Francisco Cabrera is dominant on attack for the Battlers, notching 3.10 kills per set.
Sophomore Chase Howard of the Harvard men's volleyball team was named the Off the Block/Molten National Libero of the Week on March 5. The Virginia Beach, Va. native led the Crimson defense in two conference wins over Charleston (W. Va.) this weekend at home. Howard recorded 3.14 digs per set over the two matches and combined for 22 total, 13 of which came in the series opener. This was the seventh time this season that Howard registered double-digit digs. Howard currently ranks second in the EIVA and eighth in the nation in digs per set at 2.70.
We Want Moore
Senior co-captain Riley Moore has dominated for the Crimson on attack this season. The 6-5 middle blocker leads the EIVA in hitting percentage at .387, good for 13th in the nation. Moore registered hitting percentages over .500 for three straight matches Feb. 8-10, 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 continued to excel, tallying 10 kills and one error against Princeton on Feb. 23 for a .600 mark and nine kills with zero errors against Charleston (W. Va.) on March 2.
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).
Seeing (Triple) Double
Matthew Ctvrtlik is currently the only collegiate player in the nation to record a triple-double this season. At No. 15 Ball State on Jan. 20, the sophomore setter registered 10 kills, 10 digs and 16 assists, including a career-high 28 attacks. Ctvrtlik currently places eighth in the EIVA standings in digs per set at 2.04, six spots behind teammate Chase Howard at 2.70.
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.
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.
Head coach Brian Baise is in the midst of his 10th 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.
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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Harvard will welcome EIVA foes Saint Francis (Pa.) and Penn State to Cambridge, Friday and Saturday, March 30-31. Both matches are slated to begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.