Men’s Volleyball Ends Home Stretch with Two Conference Matches

Matchup Harvard vs. Princeton
Date April 6, 2018
Time 7 p.m.
Venue Malkin Athletic Center
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Live Stats Harvard vs. Princeton
Series Harvard trails, 20-36
Last Meeting W, 3-0 (Feb. 23, 2018)


Matchup Harvard vs. NJIT
Date April 7, 2018
Time 4 p.m.
Venue Malkin Athletic Center
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Live Stats Harvard vs. NJIT
Last Meeting W, 3-2 (Feb. 24, 2018)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team will play its last two home contests of the season at the Malkin Athletic Center this Friday and Saturday, April 6 and 7, against Princeton and NJIT. Matches are slated to begin at 7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network. The Crimson will also celebrate the Class of 2018 prior to its match on Saturday.

Last Time Out
Harvard earned a pair of significant conference wins this weekend against Saint Francis (Pa.) and Penn State. A balanced attack led the Crimson past the Red Flash on Friday, 3-1, as three Harvard players tallied double digit kills. With three players hitting .400 or above, Harvard outhit Saint Francis (Pa.) .340 to .167.

The Crimson gained its second win over Penn State in program history, ending a five-year drought with a 3-2 victory on Saturday. Senior co-captain Riley Moore set a career-high in kills (14), posting zero errors for the sixth time this season and hitting .875 on the night. Trevor Dow recorded seven blocks, three of which were block solos, to help the Crimson win the blocking battle 19 to nine.

With Harvard's two wins, the Crimson took sole possession of second place in the EIVA standings.

Scouting Princeton
The Tigers are currently two spots behind the Crimson in the EIVA standings at fourth place, recently dropping a conference match to George Mason in five sets last weekend. The underclassmen top Princeton's scoresheet as sophomore George Huhmann leads the team on attack, averaging 3.46 kills per set, while freshman Joe Kelly has dished out 9.21 assists per set. As Princeton leads the league in blocks per set at 2.46, the Crimson attack will go up against freshman Niko Gjaja who has registered 2.00 digs per set. Harvard looks to take the season series sweep against Princeton, previously defeating the Tigers, 3-0, earlier this year. 

Scouting NJIT
NJIT comes to Cambridge with a 3-7 conference record, recently dropping a five-set decision to George Mason last weekend, moving them to fifth in the EIVA standings. The Highlanders will rely on the arm of freshman Alvaro Gimeno who leads the team and ranks fourth in the EIVA with 3.39 kills per set. Harvard again looks to take its second win against NJIT this season, previously earning a 3-2 victory earlier this year.

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

Earning his second player of the week honor this season, Moore was tabbed the EIVA Offensive Player of the Week and the Off the Block/Molten National Middle Attacker of the Week this Monday after registering 24 kills and hitting .784 between the two matches.

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.

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What's Next?
Harvard will close out the regular season at George Mason for two conference contests next weekend, April 13 and 14. First serves are set for 7 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.