Li Leads Men’s Volleyball to Win Over Sacred Heart in EIVA Opener, 3-1

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – First-Year Eric Li hit a team season-high 15 kills on Thursday night against EIVA foe Sacred Heart to lead Harvard men's volleyball to a win, 3-1. The sets went 19-25, 25-16, 25-21 and 25-23. 

Li registered 15 kills on a team-high 30 attacks for a .300 hitting percentage, while Trevor Dow and Erik Johnsson both registered seven kills. Setter Matthew Ctvrtlik handed out a game-high 34 assists to go along with five kills and two service aces. Five Crimson student-athletes had five or more kills. 

Defensively, the Crimson was led by Johnsson, who had a season-high nine digs and two total blocks. Li also played well on the defense, tallying seven digs and two total blocks, including a solo block. Campbell Schoenfeld had a team-high four total blocks.

Harvard Highlights
- Eric Li's career-high 15 kills is the most in a match by a Harvard first-year since Erik Johnsson recorded 15 on Jan. 19, 2017 against Purdue Fort Wayne.
- Matthew Ctvrtlik tallied his fourth match of 30 or more assists, totaling 34 tonight.
- Erik Johnsson registered a season-high nine digs during the match.
- Campbell Schoenfeld's four total blocks is a new career high. 

Game Notes
- With tonight's win, Harvard moves to 31-9 all-time against Sacred Heart.
- Harvard outhit Sacred Heart with 44 (41 for SHU) kills and a .193 hitting percentage (.151 for SHU).
- This is the first match the Crimson has been outblocked (16-8). 

What's Next
The Crimson is back in Cambridge for a pair of home matches against Ball St. and Purdue Fort Wayne on Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2 with both matches beginning at 7 p.m.