Men’s Volleyball Tops St. Francis (Pa.) in Four Sets

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team won its third straight match tonight, March 30, at the Malkin Athletic Center, taking down Saint Francis (Pa.), 3-1. The four-set victory improved the Crimson to 8-11 overall and 7-2 in conference play. Scores of the contest were 25-15, 25-19, 15-25 and 25-15.

A balanced attack led the Crimson past the Red Flash as three Harvard players tallied double digit kills. Riley Moore, who tied his season-best with 10 kills, hit .692 for the match. Brad Gretsch and Erik Johnsson joined Moore in double figures with 15 and 12 kills apiece. Marko Kostich and Matthew Ctvrtlik helped set the Crimson to a .340 hitting percentage with 18 and 19 assists, respectively. Chase Howard led the way in digs with 10, while Ctrvrtlik and Johnsson followed closely behind with seven each.

Set One:
- Harvard opened the match with a 5-2 lead
- After trading the next 14 points, Saint Francis (Pa.) closed to 11-9
- A 4-0 run highlighted by back-to-back kills from Gretsch and an ace from Ctrvrtlik made it 15-9
- The Crimson used a 4-1 run to take a 21-14 advantage and force a time out from Saint Francis (Pa.)
- Three kills from Gretsch and one from Moore sealed the set at 25-15
- Harvard outhit the Red Flash .615 to .217 in set one

Set Two:
- The score would tie six times to start set two until the Crimson pulled away on a 5-1 run to take a 14-11 lead
- Capitalizing on attacking errors from the Red Flash, Harvard upped its advantage to 17-12
- Saint Francis (Pa.) cut the margin to 18-16
- A block from Moore and Johnsson gave the Crimson a 21-17 edge
- The Red Flash rallied to get to 22-19, only to commit three straight errors to give Harvard set two, 25-19

Set Three:
- Saint Francis (Pa.) grabbed an early 9-6 lead in set three
- The Red Flash kept up the pressure, extending the margin to 17-11
- Saint Francis (Pa.) used a 5-2 run to take this one 25-15 and force a fourth set

Set Four:
- Harvard's offense came alive in the start of set four, storming to an 11-1 lead behind the serve of Johnsson who registered two aces
- Saint Francis (Pa.) cut the lead to 12-6 after a 4-0 run
- A kill by Moore and Johnsson's third service ace of the set pushed the Crimson's lead to 19-11
- Trevor Dow and Gretsch teamed up for a block to give Harvard its 23rd point
- Kostich brought home the win for the Crimson with a kill from Ctrvrtlik

Up Next
Harvard is back in action tomorrow night at 7 p.m., hosting EIVA opponent Penn State at the Malkin Athletic Center. The match will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.