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No. 13 Men’s Volleyball Awaits Matchups at Princeton and NJIT

No. 13 Men’s Volleyball Awaits Matchups at Princeton and NJIT

Game Info
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Last Meeting
Streak

No. 13 Harvard at Princeton
Friday, Feb. 13
7 p.m.
Dillon Gymnasium
Ivy League Digital Network
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Live Stats
Harvard trails, 33-16
L, 3-1 (Apr. 24, 2014)
L1


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Time

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Video
Talent
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Last Meeting
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No. 13 Harvard at NJIT
Saturday, Nov. 8
4 p.m.
Estelle and Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center
NJIT GameCentral
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Live Stats
Harvard leads, 20-16
W, 3-1 (Apr. 11, 2014)
W4

 


 

Senior DJ White is the reigning EIVA Offensive Player of the Week (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 13 Harvard men's volleyball team will continue its EIVA schedule with road matches at Princeton, February 13 at 7 p.m., and NJIT, February 14 at 7 p.m. The contest with the Tigers can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network, and the matchup with the Highlanders on NJIT GameCentral.

Last Time Out
The Crimson won its fourth-straight match in its EIVA opener, defeating Sacred Heart in four sets, 3-1. The victory came by set scores of 18-25, 25-19, 25-13, and 25-22.

DJ White posted 16 kills while hitting .394 for Harvard, which hit .357 as a team. The match marked the Crimson's sixth-straight match hitting .300 or better. Casey White and Branden Clemens each added nine kills, while Caleb Zimmick had seven. Nick Bendell, meanwhile, dished out a season-high 42 assists.

Defensively, Casey White led the team with 11 digs, his third match in double-digits, with DJ White close behind with eight. Zimmick recorded a season-high six blocks, helping to limit the Pioneers to a .240 hitting percentage.

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.

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Can You Dig It?
Through eight matches, Harvard leads the country in digs per set (11.12). Casey White (3rd, 3.00), DJ White (13th, 2.45), and Samuel Murphy (33rd, 1.96) all rank in the top 50 nationally in keeping the opponent's attack alive.

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 .412 hitting percentage is eighth nationally, while Caleb Zimmick is tenth, hitting .391. The Crimson has hit for the sixth-highest hitting percentage as a team (.316), and is first in the EIVA.

Honor Roll
DJ White was named the EIVA Offensive Player of the Week on February 9 after dominant performances against MIT and Sacred Heart. White posted a pair of 16-kill outings, averaging 4.57 kills per set against both opponents. He also averaged 2.43 digs per set, 0.72 blocks per set, and hit .438 during the two matches. The award was his first of the year, and fifth-career EIVA weekly honor.

Casey White and Caleb Zimmick also swept the weekly EIVA awards for January 19-25, with Casey White earning offensive honors and Zimmick taking the defensive award. The award was the first of Casey White's career, and the first for Zimmick this season.

Related Links: DJ White Named EIVA Offensive Player of the Week ; White, Zimmick Sweep EIVA Weekly Awards

Poll Position
Harvard rose to No. 13 in the most recent AVCA Division I-II Top 15 Poll, tying the program record for highest ranking. The Crimson has been ranked in each of the last four seasons, and for three-consecutive weeks in 2015.

Ranking Superlatives
Total Weeks Ranked by AVCA – 13
Consecutive Weeks Ranked – 4, April 9-May 7, 2012
Current Weeks Ranked- 3, Jan. 26-Feb.9
Highest Ranking – No. 13, January 6-20, 2014 and February 9, 2015
Overall Record When Ranked – 9-7 
  When No. 13 – 0-2
  When No. 14 – 0-2
  When No. 15 – 9-3
Home Record When Ranked – 6-3
Road Record When Ranked – 3-3
Neutral Site Record When Ranked – 0-1
In 2015, when ranked:  4-0

2015 AVCA Weekly Ranking
Dec. 10- N/A
Jan. 12- N/A
Jan. 19- N/A
Jan. 26- No. 15
Feb. 2- No. 15
Feb. 9- No. 13

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 match at home, Harvard swept cross-town rival MIT, 3-0.

Scouting Princeton
Princeton is off to a 3-4 start, and is 1-0 in EIVA play after sweeping NJIT in its conference opener. Its other victories came on the road at Cal-State Northridge and UC-San Diego. The Tigers' attack is led by Cody Kessel, who ranks second in the nation with 4.65 kills per set and has recorded 37 percent of the Tigers' kills this season.

Scouting NJIT
NJIT is 4-3 on the season, and 0-1 in EIVA play after dropping its conference opener to Princeton. The four Highlanders' victories came against Charleston (W.V.), Coker, Limestone, and Belmont-Abbey. Jabarry Goodridge has been the most productive player on the NJIT attack, posting 3.09 kills per set, though Kajetan Borecki is close behind, averaging 3.00 kills per set.

Around the EIVA
The Crimson was one of three teams to win its opening conference match, and sits atop the EIVA standings with Princeton and Penn State. The Tigers knocked off NJIT while the Nittany Lions took down St. Francis (Pa.). Only George Mason has not played a conference match.

Chasing Records
Through eight 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
832

Digs

 
 

1.
3.
4.

Chris Gibbons '14
Matt Jones '12 
DJ White '15

789
452
429

Solo Bocks

 
 

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

Ryan Estendorf '96
Brady Weissbourd '09
Dave Olson '98
Caleb Zimmick '15

89
68
41
41

Block Assists

 
 

1.
2.

Ed Panaku '00
Caleb Zimmick '15

340
248

Total Blocks

 
 

1.
3.
4.

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

494
295
289

Assists

 
 

1.
6.
7.

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

3,094
1,008
937

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

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 81-63 record on the sidelines, including a 56-25 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 will compete in the Hall of Fame Classic, hosted by Springfield College, from Feb. 20-21. Harvard will open the tournament with Concordia-Irvine before meeting Rivier or Springfield the subsequent day.

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