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Men’s Volleyball Heads to Hall of Fame Classic

Men’s Volleyball Heads to Hall of Fame Classic

Game Info
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Video
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Series Record
Last Meeting
Streak

Harvard vs. Concordia-Irvine
Friday, Feb. 20
7 p.m.
International Volleyball Hall of Fame
Springfield Portal
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Live Stats
Harvard leads, 8-6
W, 3-2 (2/25/14)
W1


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Time

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Video
Talent
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Last Meeting
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Harvard vs. Springfield/Rivier
Saturday, Feb. 21
5:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.
International Volleyball Hall of Fame
Springfield Portal
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Springfield Portal
TBA
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Harvard competes in the Hall of Fame Classic for the second time since 2013 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After competing in three road EIVA matches over the past two weeks, Harvard men's volleyball will take a break from conference play to compete in the Hall of Fame Classic in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The Crimson opens the event on Friday, Feb. 20 at 5:30 p.m. against Concordia-Irvine, and will play either Springfield or Rivier on Saturday, Feb. 21.

Last Time Out
In its third-straight EIVA match on the road, then-No. 13 men's volleyball knocked off NJIT, 3-1. The victory came by set scores of 24-26, 25-22, 25-23, and 26-24.

DJ White tallied his second-straight double-double, finishing the match with 15 kills and 10 digs, while also recording four blocks. Branden Clemens led the team with 16 kills, and came within a dig of posting his own double-double. Nick Bendell, meanwhile, dished a season-high 49 assists.

Harvard hit .343 as a team, marking the seventh time in the last eight matches that the Crimson hit .300 or better. The squad totaled 8.5 total team blocks against the NJIT attack.

Social Stream
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Ivy League Digital Network
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Can You Dig It?
Through 10 matches, Harvard leads the country in digs per set (10.65). Casey White (8th, 2.61), DJ White (11th, 2.53), Samuel Murphy (42nd, 1.82), and Branden Clemens (50th, 1.76) all rank in the top-50 nationally in keeping the opponent's attack alive.

Hitting .300
Harvard has been one of the country's most efficient attacking teams, boasting the nation's seventh-best hitting percentage (.305). The Crimson has hit .300 or better in seven of the last eight matches, and has recorded a percentage of .340, or better, five times.

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 EIVA weekly honor for Zimmick, who was an all-EIVA first team member a year ago.

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 last week's 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 weeks in 2015.

Ranking Superlatives
Total Weeks Ranked by AVCA – 13
Consecutive Weeks Ranked – 4, April 9-May 7, 2012
Current Weeks Ranked- N/A
Highest Ranking – No. 13, January 6-13, 2014 and February 9, 2015
Overall Record When Ranked – 10-8 
  When No. 13 – 1-3
  When No. 14 – 0-2
  When No. 15 – 9-3
Home Record When Ranked – 6-3
Road Record When Ranked – 4-4
Neutral Site Record When Ranked – 0-1
In 2015, when ranked:  5-1

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
Feb. 16- RV

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 Concordia-Irvine
Concordia-Irvine is currently ranked No. 4 at the NAIA level, and has compiled a 6-3 record to start 2015. The Eagles most impressive victory came against then-No. 14 Stanford, 3-1. Devin Ross and Brett Anema lead the Concordia attack with 2.70 and 2.30 kills per set, respectively.

Scouting Springfield
Springfield sits at 7-4 overall, and is ranked No. 8 at the Division III level. The Pride ranks in the Division III top-10 in assists, blocks, and kills per set, and boasts the fourth-best hitting percentage. Angel Perez leads Springfield with 3.64 kills per set.

Scouting Rivier
Rivier is off to a 3-4 start, and is ranked No. 12 in Division III. The Raiders' attack is led by Chris Markuson, whose 3.71 kills per set helps the team rank 20th in Division III, with 11.25 kills per set.

Around the EIVA
Princeton (5-4, 3-0 EIVA) leapt to the top of the EIVA standings with wins over Harvard and Sacred Heart, while Penn State (4-7, 2-0 EIVA) stayed undefeated in conference play with a triumph over George Mason (2-8, 0-2 EIVA). Harvard sits third in the EIVA, at 2-1, while Sacred Heart (3-6, 1-2 EIVA) and St. Francis (Pa.) (1-12, 1-1 EIVA) both picked up their first league victories.

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

Kills

 
 

1.
2.
3.

Matt Jones '12
Brady Weissbourd '09
DJ White '15

1,218
936
861

Digs

 
 

1.
3.
4.

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

789
452
451

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
256

Total Blocks

 
 

1.
2.
3.

Ed Panaku '00
Evan Mager '99
Caleb Zimmick '15

494
346
297

Assists

 
 

1.
5.
6.

Rob Lothman '13
Gil Weintruab '10
Nick Bendell '17 

3,094
1,520
1,024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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

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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 82-64 record on the sidelines, including a 57-26 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?
Harvard hosts Saint Francis on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., and Penn State on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., at the Malkin Athletic Center. The matches open a three-match homestand, and can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

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