ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

No. 15 Men’s Volleyball Opens EIVA Schedule at Sacred Heart

No. 15 Men’s Volleyball Opens EIVA Schedule at Sacred Heart

Game Info

Date
Time
Venue
Video
Talent
Stats
Series Record
Last Meeting
Streak

         No. 15 Harvard vs. Sacred Heart
Friday, Feb. 6
7 p.m.
William H. Pitt Center
 NEC Front Row
-
Live Stats
Harvard leads, 24-7
W, 3-0 (March 28, 2014)
W6



Harvard boasts the nation's top digs per set rate (Gil Talbot).


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 15 Harvard men's volleyball team will ride its three-match winning streak into conference play, traveling to Sacred Heart for a 7 p.m. contest on Friday, Feb. 6. The match will be broadcast live on NEC Front Row.

Last Time Out
The No. 15 Harvard men's volleyball team made quick work of cross-town foe MIT Tuesday evening, taking out the Engineers in straight sets, 3-0. The victory came by scores of 25-12, 25-23 and 25-13.

Harvard hit .337 on the night, marking the fifth straight match that the Crimson has hit .300 or better. DJ White led the way with 16 kills and a .484 percentage, with Branden Clemens contributing 12 kills while hitting at a .429 clip. Nick Bendell dished out 22 assists with Marko Kostich adding nine.

White and Clemens were also effective on the defensive side of the net as MIT hit just .085. White registered nine digs and two blocks as Clemens notched eight digs and six blocks. Samuel Murphy paced the defense with 12 digs to go with a 10-dig, seven-kill performance from Alec Schlossman. The Crimson's 11 total blocks, meanwhile, matched its season high.

Social Stream
Use the all new Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.

Ivy League Digital Network
After an incredibly successful inaugural year that saw over 1,000 events streamed live, The Ivy League Digital Network has returned for 2014-15, providing fans with unprecedented coverage of the Ivy League.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here

Can You Dig It?
Through seven matches, Harvard leads the country in digs per set (11.50). Casey White (third, 3.05), DJ White (sixth, 2.56), Samuel Murphy (26th, 2.05) and Brandon Clemens (44th, 1.82) all rank in the top 50 nationally in keeping the opponent's attack alive.

Honor Roll
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 was 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

Poll Position
Harvard checked in at No. 15 for the second-straight week in the AVCA Division I-II Top 15 Poll. The Crimson has been ranked in each of the last four seasons, and climbed to a program-best No. 13 in 2014.

Ranking Superlatives
Total Weeks Ranked by AVCA – 12
Consecutive Weeks Ranked – 4, April 9-May 7, 2012
Current Weeks Ranked- 2, Jan. 26-Feb.2
Highest Ranking – No. 13, January 6-20, 2014
Overall Record When Ranked – 8-7 
    When No. 13 – 0-2
    When No. 14 – 0-2
    When No. 15 – 8-3
Home Record When Ranked – 5-3
Road Record When Ranked – 3-3
Neutral Site Record When Ranked – 0-1

2015 AVCA Weekly Ranking
Preseason- N/A
Week 1- N/A
Week 2- N/A
Week 3- No. 15
Week 4- No. 15

Ranking Nationally
Outside hitter Casey White and middle blocker Caleb Zimmick both rank in the country's top-10 in hitting percentage. The sophomore from Hermosa Beach, California's .408 hitting percentage is seventh nationally, while Caleb Zimmick is ninth, hitting .397. The Crimson has hit for the 10th-highest hitting percentage as a team (.309), and is first in the EIVA.

At the MAC
The Crimson has played 36 matches under the roof of the Malkin Athletic Center over the past three years, and boasts a 29-7 (.806) 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 swept both Emmanuel (Mass.) and Alderson Broaddus.

Scouting Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart is off to a 1-4 start in 2015, with its lone win coming in its season opener over Stevens Tech. Enzo Makenzie has lead the Pioneers' attack, registering 3.62 kills and 4.50 points per set. He also ranks fifth nationally in aces per set with 0.56. Harvard holds a 24-7 series advantage with Sacred Heart, and won both of 2014's meetings 3-0.

Chasing Records
Through seven matches, multiple Harvard student-athletes are looking to ascend the Crimson record books:

Kills

 
 

1.
3.
4.

Matt Jones '12
Nick Madden '14
DJ White '15

1,218
857
816

Digs

 
 

1.
3.
T-4.
T-4.

Chris Gibbons '14
Matt Jones '12
Brian Rapp '08 
DJ White '15

789
452
421
421

Solo Bocks

 
 

1.
4.
5.

Ryan Estendorf '96
Dave Olson '98
Caleb Zimmick '15

89
41
40

Block Assists

 
 

1.
2.

Ed Panaku '00
Caleb Zimmick '15

340
243

Total Blocks

 
 

1.
3.
4.

Ed Panaku '00
Brady Weissbourd '09
Caleb Zimmick '15

494
295
283

Assists

 
 

1.
6.
7.

Rob Lothman '13
Conor Gaughan '02
Nick Bendell '17 

3,094
1,008
895


Preseason Poll
Harvard was picked fourth in the EIVA Preseason Poll with 33 points, slotting in behind Penn State, Princeton, and George Mason.

No.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Team

Penn State

Princeton

George Mason

Harvard

Saint Francis (Pa.)

NJIT

Sacred Heart

Votes (first place)

48 (7)

38 (1)

34

33

16

14

13


Season Preview

Fresh Faces
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 an 80-63 record on the sidelines, including a 55-25 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.

What's Next?
The Crimson continues its five-match stretch of road games, with a two-game swing to EIVA opponents Princeton, on February 13 at 7 p.m., and NJIT, on February 14 at 4 p.m.

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS