Men’s Volleyball to Host Two Conference Matches this Weekend

Matchup Harvard vs. Saint Francis (Pa.)
Date March 30, 2018
Time 7 p.m.
Venue Malkin Athletic Center
Watch Ivy League Network
Live Stats Harvard vs. Saint Francis (Pa.)
Series Harvard leads, 10-7
Last Meeting L, 3-1 (Feb. 16, 2018)


Matchup Harvard vs. Penn State
Date March 30, 2018
Time 7 p.m.
Venue Malkin Athletic Center
Watch Ivy League Network
Live Series Harvard vs. Penn State
Series Harvard trails, 1-16
Last Meeting L, 0-3 (Feb. 17, 2018)


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team will continue its home stretch this weekend, facing both Saint Francis (Pa.) and Penn State for the second time this season, Friday and Saturday, March 30-31. Both contests are slated to begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network and the Harvard Crimson Facebook page.

Last Time Out
The Crimson snapped its three-match losing streak with two wins at home last weekend against Sacred Heart (3-1) and Alderson Broaddus (3-0).

The Crimson prevented Sacred Heart from its first EIVA win of the season last Friday to earn its sixth conference victory. Harvard outhit the Pioneers .331 to .195 with three players hitting .400 or above.

Harvard's offense came alive on Saturday against Alderson Broaddus as well, outhitting the Battlers .253 to .048 and outblocking them 19 to 12. Senior co-captain Riley Moore recorded zero errors for the fifth time this season and second consecutive match, notching four kills to register a team-best .667 hitting percentage.

Scouting Saint Francis (Pa.)
The Red Flash sits two spots behind the Crimson in the EIVA standings at fifth place with an 8-15 overall record, 3-5 in conference play. Saint Francis (Pa.) is currently on a four-match losing streak after facing two shut outs last weekend to No. 9 Ohio State and EIVA foe Penn State. Stephen Braswell and Brandon Buck lead the attack, ranking seventh and eighth in the EIVA, with 2.98 and 2.96 kills per set, respectively. Defensively, Ryan Alu ranks fourth in the league at 2.55 digs per set, while Hayden Herc ranks seventh in blocks per set at 0.95.

Scouting Penn State
The Nittany Lions and Crimson are currently tied for second in the EIVA standings, each with a 6-2 record in conference play. Penn State comes to Cambridge with an 11-8 overall record after splitting last weekend's contests to Ohio State (L, 3-2) and Saint Francis (Pa.) (W, 3-0). Sophomore Luke Braswell leads the team and the EIVA in assists per set at 9.69, while Jalen Penrose sits at the top of the league and fourth in the country with 0.57 service aces per set.

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 .410, good for seventh in the nation. Moore has registered hitting percentages over .600 in seven matches this season when tallying seven or more kills. On top of this, the Santa Monica, Calif. native has recorded zero errors in five matches when hitting above .400.  

Moore was also tabbed the EIVA Defensive Player of the Week this Monday after tallying 10 blocks in seven sets in Harvard's two matches last weekend.

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.

Coaches' Corner
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.

Six-Year Streak
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.

Ivy League Network
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What's Next?
Harvard will conclude its homestand next weekend, April 6-7, welcoming Princeton and NJIT to the Malkin Athletic Center. The Crimson will face the Tigers on Friday at 7 p.m., while senior night will take place against the Highlanders at 4 p.m. on Saturday.