The Crimson add four coming off 15-win season (Zack Williamson).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard men's volleyball team will add four freshmen to its roster for the 2015 season. They join a program that went 15-8 overall last year, and 11-3 against EIVA opponents.
Middle blocker Brad Gretsch comes to Cambridge from Encinitas, California, and was named a second team All-American by both Volleyball Magazine and the AVCA. Hailing from Henderson, Nevada, outside hitter Jack Heavey earned All-State recognition a pair of times, while helping his team advance deep into the playoffs. Marko Kostich, a setter from Burr Ridge, Illinois, comes to Harvard after earning multiple All-Conference honors. Finally, Riley Moore, an opposite and middle blocker from Santa Monica, California, joins the Crimson after helping his team advance to the state finals in back-to-back seasons.
The Class of 2018 joins a squad that returns eight players from last season, including three who earned All-EIVA honors in 2014.
The Class of 2018
Brad Gretsch | Middle Blocker | 6-6 | 175 | Encinitas, Calif. | La Costa Canyon
Three-year letterwinner in volleyball for La Costa Canyon … Volleyball Magazine All-America second team in 2014 … All-CIF second team in 2014 … All-Avocado League first team in 2013 and 2014 … Named to Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list … Helped team to Avocado League Championship in both 2013 and 2014 … Pushed team to California Division II runner-up finish in 2013, and semifinal appearance in 2014 … Union Tribune All-Academic Team 2011-2014.
Jack Heavey | Outside Hitter | 6-6 | 180 | Henderson, Nev. | Valley
Three-year letterwinner in volleyball, two-year letterwinner in tennis at Valley High School … Named team captain for 2014 season … All-State first team in 2013 and 2014 … Named to All-Region first team in 2013 and 2014 … 2013 Sunrise Northeast Division Player of the Year ... Aided team to division championship in 2013 and to division semifinals in 2014 … Vegas Volleyball Club National Quarterfinalist in 2014 club division … Valedictorian … National Merit Scholar … Presidential Award for Academic Achievement.
Marko Kostich | Setter | 6-4 | 185 | Burr Ridge, Ill. | Lyons Township
Earned letter in each of three seasons playing volleyball for Lyons Township … Captained Lyons Township in 2014 and Sport Performance Volleyball Club in 2012 and 2013 … Named to Volleyball Magazine Fab 50 list in 2014 … As a junior and senior, named to All-Conference teams and earned All-Area second team honors … Chosen for Chicago Tribune 2013-14 Scholar-Athlete Team ... Recipient of both the Owen A. Brown and Donald Francis Lange Memorial awards … Holds Lyons Township school record for career aces and co-holds record for aces in a season … National Merit Scholar semifinalist in 2014 … President's Award for Educational Excellence.
Riley Moore | Middle Blocker | 6-5 | 180 | Santa Monica, Calif. | Loyola
Two-year letterwinner for Loyola as a junior and senior … Played four years for MB Surf on the club circuit … All-Mission League first team in 2013 and 2014 … Helped Loyola to runner-up finish in Division I CIF and state finals in both years … Named to the All-Tournament team at the Redondo JV Tournament in 2012 … Graduated Cum Laude … Spent time volunteering and mentoring with local schools in California.