CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a historical 2018 season that marked the Harvard men's volleyball team's first EIVA Championship title and bid to the NCAA Tournament, head coach Brian Baise has announced the incoming Class of 2022 joining a successful Crimson program for its 2019 campaign.
"Our expectations are high for this group of freshmen," stated head coach Brian Baise. "They come to us from some of the top juniors programs in the country, which will give them the experience necessary to be impact players next year. It's also a high-character group, with strong work ethic and competitive spirit. Our four departing seniors have left big shoes to fill, but we believe that these guys are up to the challenge."
Hailing from four different states, the five-member freshmen class will join nine returning letterwinners, including rising senior co-captain Trevor Dow and a strong group of rising juniors.
Ryan Hong | 6-2 | Middle Blocker/Outside Hitter | Honolulu, Hawaii | Punahou School
Three-year letterwinner in volleyball at the Punahou School … Played three years of club volleyball with Ka Ulu Koa and four years with Spike and Serve … Seven-time state champion at the Punahou School, registering undefeated records in 2017 and 2018 … Tabbed a 2017 and 2018 Fab 15 All-State Honorable Mention … Named to the 2017 and 2018 Interscholastic League of Honolulu second team All-League … Recipient of the 2018 Athletic Award of Honor at the Punahou School … 2018 Honor Scholar Athlete at the Punahou School … Received the Punahou School President's award in 2018 … Earned the French Honors award in 2017.
Eric Li | 6-6 | Outside Hitter | Edison, N.J. | John P. Stevens HS
Four-year letterwinner in volleyball at John P. Stevens … Elected captain in 2016 and 2017 … Named team MVP in 2017 … Played four years of club volleyball as a starter at Warren Sixpack … First team All-State selection and Home News Tribune Boys' Volleyball Player of the Year in 2017 … All-Conference and All-Red Division selection in 2016, 2017 and 2018 … 2017 season state leader in kills with 441 … Set school record for most kills in a single season with 441 … Led team to a nine-match winning streak en route to a 19-7 finish in 2018 … Reached the Greater Middlesex sectional finals in 2017 for the first time in school history … Received the NJSIAA Scholar Athlete award … All-A Honor Roll throughout high school … Volunteer at Minnie B. Veal Community Center and JFK Hartwyck Nursing and Rehabliation Center … AP Scholar with Distinction.
Campbell Schoenfeld | 6-8 | Middle Blocker/Outside Hitter | N. Tonawanda, N.Y. | Starpoint
Four-year letterwinner in volleyball and tennis at Starpoint … Two-time co-captain from 2016-2018 … Played one year of club volleyball with Lockport VBC, one year with NFVB and three years with Eden VBC … Three-time MVP in volleyball from 2015-2018 … Named the Niagara Gazette Boys Volleyball Player of the Year in 2017 … Received the ECIC Division 2B Sportsmanship Award in 2017 … Tabbed to the All-WNY Section VI first time in 2017 … Two-time MVP in tennis in 2016 and 2017 … Back-to-back undefeated seasons in 2017 and 2018 and ECIC Division Team Champions in tennis in 2017 … Received the Wells College 21st Century Leadership award in 2017 … Member of the Locked-In to Lock Out Cancer committee for three years … Member of the National Honor Society … Father, Ryan Schoenfeld, played basketball at the University of Albany.
Buddy Scott | 6-6 | Setter | Honolulu, Hawaii | Saint Francis HS
Three-year letterwinner in volleyball at the Punahou School, one year letterwinner at Saint Francis … Selected as captain in 2017 and 2018 … Played eight years of club volleyball for Outrigger/Ka Ulukoa/Mountain View Volleyball Club … Captain of club volleyball team for six years from 2011-2016 … Named to the Hawaii All-State first team as a junior in 2017 … Tabbed a Hawaii Fab 15 Selection as a junior in 2017 … Six-time USA Volleyball High Performance A1 Selection from 2012-2017 … Three-time state champion and league champion at the Punahou School (2015, 2016, 2017) … Best of the West Tournament champions at the Punahou School (2015, 2016, 2017) … Competed for USA Volleyball, finishing second (2014), third (2015), first (2016), first (2017) and first (2018) in the "Bid" Tournament … Helped USA Volleyball to finish second (2011), second (2012), first (2013), first (2014), fifth (2015), 10th (2016) and fifth (2017) at the Boys Junior National Championship … National Honors Society member … Graduated Maximus Cum Laude from Saint Francis HS … Volunteered at Alzheimer's Center … Father, Jim Scott '94, earned his Doctorate, Ed. D from Harvard and played baseball at Stanford … Grandfather, Joseph Purdy, played football at Stanford.
Jason Shen | 5-11 | Libero/Outside Hitter | Cupertino, Calif. | Monta Vista HS
Four-year letterwinner in volleyball at Monta Vista … Elected captain for the 2017 and 2018 seasons … Played seven years of club volleyball as a starter at Mountain View … Named Monta Vista's boys' varsity volleyball team MVP, Outstanding Defensive Player and Matador of the Year in 2018 … Named to the CCA De Anza League first team in 2018 … CIF NorCal Regional Champion in 2018 … Best of the West Invitational runner up and tabbed to the All-Tournament first team in 2018 … USAV Boys' Junior National Championships 17 Open Division All-Tournament team in 2017 … Received CCS De Anza League MVP and first team honors in 2017 … Tabbed Monta Vista's team MVP in 2017 and 2016 … Received Monta Vista's coach's award in 2015 … CIF Central Coast Section runner up in 2018 and 2016 with Monta Vista … US Department of Education Presidential Scholar award nominee in 2018 … National Merit Scholarship program finalist in 2018 … Received the California Scholarship Federation 100% Life award in 2018 … National Honor Society Service Life Member/Vice President in 2018 … Participated in Monta Vista's Future Practicing Physicians' Network Director of Medical Outreach in 2017-18 … Chinese Church in Christ Worship Leader (2016-2018) … AP Scholar with Distinction in 2018.