Harvard continues its five-match homestand at the Malkin Athletic Center (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After entering the AVCA national rankings on Monday, No. 15 Harvard men's volleyball will host Emmanuel on Friday, Jan. 30 and Alderson Broaddus on Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Malkin Athletic Center. Both can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Last Time Out
The Crimson opened its home schedule with No. 14 Ball State and No. 11 IPFW. The Crimson went 1-1 during the two-match stretch, including a shutout victory over the Cardinals on Friday.
Sophomore Casey White led Harvard over Ball State with 12 kills and a .632 hitting percentage, and also neared a double-double with nine digs. He tallied four blocks in the match as well. DJ White and Branden Clemens each registered seven kills in the victory, with DJ White collecting 12 digs. Caleb Zimmick led the team with five blocks and contributed six kills.
DJ White steered the Crimson against IPFW with 16 kills and nine digs, and freshman Marko Kostich recorded 42 assists against the Mastodons. Casey White tallied 10 kills and eight digs, and Zimmick contributed eight kills and five blocks. Despite hitting .340 as a team, IPFW mustered 29 more attacks than the Crimson in the match.
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Ivy League Digital Network
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Casey White and Caleb Zimmick swept the weekly EIVA awards for January 19-25, with White earning conference player of the week honors and Zimmick taking home the league's defensive player of the week award. White averaged 3.67 kills and 2.83 digs per set while hitting .432 on the attack, and Zimmick recorded 1.67 blocks per set in earning the weekly honors.
The award in the first of White's career, and the first for Zimmick this season, who was an honorable mention All-America and All-EIVA first team selection a year ago.
Related Link: White, Zimmick Sweep EIVA Weekly Awards
For the first time this season, and 12th time in program history, Harvard was ranked in the AVCA Division I-II Top 15 Poll. The Crimson checked in at No. 15 this week, marking the fourth-straight season that Harvard has landed in the poll.
Total Weeks Ranked by AVCA – 12
Consecutive Weeks Ranked – 4, April 9-May 7, 2012
Highest Ranking – No. 13, January 6-20, 2014
Overall Record When Ranked – 5-7
When No. 13 – 0-2
When No. 14 – 0-2
When No. 15 – 5-3
Home Record When Ranked – 2-3
Road Record When Ranked – 3-3
Neutral Site Record When Ranked – 0-1
2015 AVCA Weekly Ranking
Week 1- N/A
Week 2- N/A
Week 3- No. 15
Outside hitter Casey White ranks in the top-10 in the country in digs per set and hitting percentage. The sophomore from Hermosa Beach, California's 2.92 digs per set ranks fifth in the nation, while his .417 hitting percentage is good for eighth. DJ White is ninth nationally in digs per set (2.54) as well for the Crimson, which as posted the third-best digs per set rate (10.77) in the country.
At the MAC
The Crimson has played 33 matches under the roof of the Malkin Athletic Center over the past three years, and boasts a 26-7 (.788) mark during that span. Harvard's home court advantage includes a program-best nine-match home win streak that lasted more than a calendar year from February 18, 2012 to April 5, 2013. In its last series at home, Harvard toppled No. 14 Ball State and was edged by No. 11 IPFW.
Emmanuel opens its regular season against the Crimson after topping Fanshawe College, 3-2, in an exhibition match on January 18. The Saints went 18-12 in 2014 and return 13 student-athletes from their 2014 roster. Ashanti Jackson led the team with 2.74 kills per set a year ago, with Zach Whitermore close behind at 2.73.
Scouting Alderson Broaddus
Alderson Broaddus is 2-0 to start the 2015 season, with both wins coming against club teams. The Battlers are transitioning to NCAA competition, with its first season slated for 2016. AJ Stapp and Chris Rusznica each led the Battlers in kills during its opening matches.
Harvard was picked fourth in the EIVA Preseason Poll with 33 points, slotting in behind Penn State, Princeton, and George Mason.
Votes (first place)
Entering the 2015 season, multiple Harvard student-athletes are looking to ascend the Crimson record books:
Ed Panaku '00
Volleyball Magazine named Harvard's freshman class the eighth-best in the country, with three of the freshmen appearing on its "Fab-50" list. Brad Gretsch, Jack Heavey, Marko Kostich, and Riley Moore joined the Crimson in July.
A Year Ago
Harvard finished 2014 with a 15-8 record, including an 11-3 mark in conference play. The Crimson earned a berth to the EIVA Tournament for the third consecutive year, but fell to Princeton, 3-1, in the semifinals. DJ White led the squad with 3.30 kills per set and a .312 hitting percentage, while Caleb Zimmick ranked sixth in the country in hitting percentage (.440) and led the Crimson with 1.11 blocks per set. Both White and Zimmick were recognized as honorable mention All-Americans by the AVCA.
On The Sidelines
Head coach Brian Baise returns for his seventh season at the helm of the Harvard men's volleyball program. Baise owns a 77-63 record on the sidelines, including a 52-25 mark over the past three-plus seasons. The Crimson has been ranked in each season since 2012, with 12 student-athletes earning all-EIVA recognition.
Jeffrey Aucoin and Ahmed Ibrahim return as assistant coaches for their second and fourth seasons, respectively.
The Crimson will face MIT in a mid-week contest on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the Malkin Athletic Center. The match will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network, with first serve set for 7 p.m.