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Men’s Volleyball Welcomes Springfield for Midweek Tilt


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Harvard vs. Springfield
Wednesday, Mar. 11
7 p.m.
Malkin Athletic Center
Ivy League Digital Network
Ben Altsher, Tony Simeone
Live Stats
Harvard trails, 37-20
W, 3-1(2/21/15)
W2

Harvard defeated Springfield earlier this season, 3-1 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Concluding its three-match homestand, Harvard men's volleyball will play host to Springfield on Wednesday, March 11 at the Malkin Athletic Center. First serve is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Last Time Out
Harvard clashed with EIVA foes Saint Francis and Penn State Feb. 27-28, coming away with a weekend split. The Crimson stayed at third in the conference standings, at 3-2.

Harvard played on the same wavelength against the Red Flash, combining to hit a season-high .525 as a team. Branden Clemens recorded his second-career double-double, finishing the night with 10 kills and a career-high 11 digs. DJ White and Caleb Zimmick each tallied seven kills, and Casey White pitched in six.

Against Penn State, DJ White recorded his third-career double-double, ending the match with 14 kills and 11 digs while hitting .444. Zimmick and Nick Bendell formed an effective duo at the net, finishing with seven and six blocks, respectively. Clemens, meanwhile, contributed nine kills and Casey White had seven.

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 13 matches, Harvard ranks eighth in the country in digs per set (9.37). DJ White (14th, 2.27), Casey White (22nd, 2.07), and Samuel Murphy (36th, 1.87) 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 sixth-best hitting percentage (.307). The Crimson has hit .300 or better nine times, including a season-best .525 against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Feb. 27.

Player of the Month
Outside hitter Branden Clemens was named the Off the Block/Springbak National Player of the Month for February. Clemens was a focal point of the Crimson attack during its eight February matches, as he posted double-digit kills and hit .300 or better six times. He was named the MVP of the Hall of Fame Morgan Classic, held February 20-21, after recording 32 kills in the two matches to go with 10 digs and nine blocks. He also hit .475 at the tournament. Clemens received over 10,518 votes to win the award.

Related Link: Clemens Named Off The Block/Springbak National Player of the Month

Honor Roll
Caleb Zimmick was named the EIVA Defensive Player of the Week on February 23 after a pair of dominant performances at the net. In the first round of the Hall of Fame Morgan Classic, a 3-1 win over Concordia-Irvine, Zimmick blocked a season-high nine attacks, while also contributing seven kills. The middle blocker backed up his performance with a pair of blocks in the championship match over Springfield, another 3-1 victory for the Crimson. The award was Zimmick's second weekly EIVA honor of the season, and sixth total conference award.

Earlier in the season, DJ White was named the EIVA Offensive Player of the Week on February 9, marking the first time in 2015 and fifth in his career that he won an EIVA weekly award. Casey White and Zimmick swept the weekly EIVA awards for January 19-25, with White earning offensive honors and Zimmick taking the defensive award. The award was the first of Casey White's career.

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

Poll Position
Harvard rose to No. 13 in the AVCA Division I-II Top 15 Poll on February 9, 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
Feb. 23- RV
Mar. 2- RV

At the MAC
The Crimson has played 37 matches under the roof of the Malkin Athletic Center over the past three-plus years, and boasts a 29-8 (.784) 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 split matches with Saint Francis and Penn State.

Scouting Springfield
Springfield is 13-5 overall, and is ranked sixth in the AVCA Division III poll. The Pride met the Crimson earlier this season at the Hall of Fame Morgan Classic, but Harvard came away with a 3-1 victory. Angel Perez leads Springfield with 2.94 kills per set, and five total Pride attackers are averaging north of two kills per frame.

Around the EIVA
Penn State (6-9, 4-0 EIVA) took control of the conference, jumping to the top of the EIVA standings with wins over Harvard and Sacred Heart. Princeton (8-5, 4-1 EIVA) fell to fourth-place George Mason (5-9, 2-2 EIVA) for its first loss in league play, dropping the Tigers to second place. Harvard sits third in the EIVA, at 3-2.

Chasing Records
Through 13 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
902

Digs

 
 

1.
2.
3.

Chris Gibbons '14
Nick Madden '14 
DJ White '15

789
486
475

Solo Bocks

 
 

1.
3.
4.

Ryan Estendorf '96
Brady Weissbourd '09
Caleb Zimmick '15

89
68
42

Block Assists

 
 

1.
2.

Ed Panaku '00
Caleb Zimmick '15

340
276

Total Blocks

 
 

1.
2.
3.

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

494
346
318

Assists

 
 

1.
5.
6.

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

3,094
1,520
1,141

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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 85-66 record on the sidelines, including a 60-27 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 travels to the west coast to compete in the Active Ankle Classic March 13-14 at Long Beach State. The Crimson will face off against the host 49ers and Cal State-Northridge in the tournament.

 

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS