Schoenfeld, Li Help Men’s Volleyball Close Non-Conference Schedule With 3-0 Win Over Mount Olive

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot

GOLDSBORO, N.C. – Behind the offensive efforts of Campbell Schoenfeld and Eric Li, Harvard men's volleyball won its final non-conference match of the season, 3-0, against Mount Olive on Tuesday.

Schoenfeld and Li led the Crimson with 15 and 12 kills, respectively. Both had efficient nights, as Li's 12 kills came on only 22 attacks with a .455 hitting percentage while Schoenfeld posted a .394 hitting percentage. Also performing well for Harvard was Trevor Dow, who had six kills on eight attacks with only one error and a .625 hitting percentage. Matthew Ctvrtlik tallied 38 assists on the night, good for 12.67 per set.

As a team, the Crimson hit .374 on the night, with a stellar .621 in the third set to seal the match. During the third, 19 of the 25 points were hit home on 29 total attacks with one error. Throughout the three sets, Harvard outhit Mount Olive in each set.

Defensively, libero Jack Connolly set a career- and season-high with 13 digs on the night. Harvard had four players with five or more digs, including Li, who had a career-high nine digs. On the front line, Adam Gordon had two total blocks while Li had the only solo block on the night for the Crimson.

Harvard got off to a strong start on the defensive end, forcing Mount Olive to a .000 hitting percentage in the first set.

Harvard Highlights
- Campbell Schoenfeld's 15 kills is one shy of his career-high. He's been on a stellar run the last four matches, posting 13 or more kills in each while having a .394 hitting percentage or better in three of the four.
- Eric Li now has double-digit kills in back-to-back matches. Earlier this season he went on a run of five matches with double-digit kills. He also posted a career-high nine digs tonight.
- Matthew Ctvrtlik's 38 assists on the night is a career-high in three-set matches. It is the most since he had 32 against Penn State on Feb. 17, 2017. It's the most in a three-set match since Marko Kostich had 39 on March 5, 2016 vs. Sacred Heart.
- Jack Connolly's 13 digs is a new career-high and the first time he's reached double-digit digs since he had 10 at George Mason on April 13, 2018. His 13 digs are tied for the sixth-most in a three-set match in the country this year.

Game Notes
- Harvard outhit Mount Olive .374-.117. It's the best single-match hitting percentage of the season for the Crimson.
- The Crimson hit .621 on the third set, a season-high for one set.
- Harvard has now won three of its last four, with each win in straight sets.

What's Next
Harvard is off this weekend and back in action at the MAC for a match on Friday, March 29 vs. Penn State at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 30 vs. Saint Francis at 4 p.m. Both will be shown live on ESPN+.