FAIRFAX, Va. – The Harvard men's volleyball team will advance to the 2018 EIVA Tournament finals for the second time in program history after taking down Penn State, 3-2, tonight at the Recreation and Athletic Complex at George Mason. The Crimson secured its second five set win of the season over the Nittany Lions by set scores of 25-18, 21-25, 25-19, 18-26 and 15-11. Harvard will face the winner of No. 1 George Mason and No. 4 Princeton on Saturday, April 21 in the championship match.
Three Harvard players tallied double-digit kills as Brad Gretsch led the way with 14, his sixth consecutive match and 11th of the season in doubles figures. Trevor Dow registered a career-high 11 kills and team-high .647 hitting percentage, while senior co-captain Riley Moore knocked down 11 and hit above .600 for the 10th time this season at .625. Marko Kostich and Matthew Ctvrtlik each assisted both the Crimson offense and defense with double-doubles. Kostich helped connect Harvard to 51 kills on the night with 22 assists and added 10 digs to his tally, while Ctvrtlik dominated all over the court, recording his seventh double-double of the season with a team-best 28 assists and 14 digs.
Harvard outblocked the Nittany Lions 24-17 at the net as Dow led the way with 7 blocks, followed closely behind by Kostich with four. The Crimson chalked up 18 points throughout the match off of Penn State's service errors, while serving nine aces of its own as Ctvrtlik tied his career-high of three. Harvard outhit Penn State .289 to .283, its widest margin of the night gained in the final set as the Crimson held the Nittany Lions to a .176 attack percentage to seal the five set victory.
Harvard will take on the winner of No. 1 George Mason and No. 4 Princeton on Saturday, April 21 in the championship match. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at the Recreation and Athletic Complex at George Mason. Fans unable to attend can stream the match on FloVolleyball.tv.