CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Griffin Schmit hammered home a team-high 18 kills as Harvard men's volleyball dropped a four-set match to Purdue Fort Wayne, 3-1, on Saturday night. Harvard lost the first set 25-23 but powered back in the second to win 25-21 and tie it at two. Ultimately, Purdue Fort Wayne won the third and fourth sets 25-23 and 25-16 to take the match.
Schmit paced the Crimson offensively for the second-straight night and was followed by first-year Eric Li, who registered 10 kills on 19 attacks. Li excelled with a .474 hitting percentage while first-year Ryan Hong had seven kills and a .417 hitting percentage. Setter Matthew Ctvrtlik continued to be a focal point of the offense, handing out 42 of Harvard's 46 total assists.
Ctvrtlik also paced the defense, registering nine digs and two total blocks. Both Hong and senior Trevor Dow each had solo blocks. Li and junior libero Jack Connolly each had eight digs on the evening.
- Griffin Schmit led the Crimson in kills for the second-straight night, recording 20 kills last night against No. 11 Ball St. and 18 tonight against Purdue Fort Wayne. Schmit now leads the team with 2.86 kills per set.
- With his 42 assists tonight, Matthew Ctvrtlik now has back-to-back matches with 40 or more assists. He also has at least five digs in every match this season.
- Ryan Hong registered a solo block tonight and now is tied for an EIVA-leading six on the season.
- Harvard falls to 2-3 all-time against Purdue Fort Wayne.
- The Crimson had a match-high .688 hitting percentage in the second set, recording 12 kills on 16 attacks with only one error.
The Crimson hits the road for a pair of road matches in Pennsylvania, first against Penn State on Friday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. and followed by a contest against Saint Francis (PA) on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 3 p.m.