Kostich ranks ninth in career assists in the Harvard record books with 527 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team travels to Indiana to face off against No. 15 Ball State on Friday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. and IPFW on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 4 p.m.
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Last Time Out
Harvard finished 1-2 at the 22nd Outrigger Resorts Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii, clinching its first victory of the 2016 season over King (Tenn.), 3-0. Senior Branden Clemens was named to the All-Tournament Team after posting his sixth career double-double versus No. 8 Lewis and recording 10-plus kills in each match.
Scouting No. 15 Ball St.
The Cardinals opened the New Year with two home matches where it posted a victory over Alderson Broaddus, 3-0, and a loss against Stanford, 0-3. Seniors Jack Lesure and Marci Niemczewski are leading the team in kills per set with 5.50 and 3.75, respectively. Ball State is averaging a .277 hitting percentage over its opponents' .195.
The Mastodons opened its 2016 schedule with a win over Alderson Broaddus, 3-0, and a loss to Stanford, 1-3. Senior Andrew Sellan leads IPFW with 5.57 kills per set while classmate David Frazee tallies 2.29 kills per set. As a team, the Mastodons have recorded 13 service aces compared to its opponents eight and have a slight advantage in hitting percentage over its rivals, .266-.230.
Around the EIVA
Harvard was picked sixth in the EIVA Preseason Poll with 33 points, just behind NJIT and St. Francis (Pa.) which tied for fourth (35 points). The Crimson was voted to finish ahead of Sacred Heart (19) and Charleston (W.Va.) (8). Penn State (62), George Mason (58) and Princeton (38) rounded out the first, second and third rankings in the poll.
Multiple student-athletes are looking to ascend the Crimson record books:
|1. Rob Lothman '13
2. Gil Weintruab '09
8. Pete Buletz '96-97
9. Marko Kostich '18
|1. Chris Gibbons '14
7. Rob Lothman '13
8. Branden Clemens '16
9.Ed Panaku '00
10. Casey White '17
|1. Ryan Estendorf '96
9. Joe Herger '00
10. Branden Clemens '16
|1. Ed Panaku '00
6. Matt Jones '12
8. Michael Owen '14
9. Branden Clemens '16
|1. Ed Panaku '00
9. DJ White '15
10. Branden Clemens '16
Aye, Aye Captain
Senior Branden Clemens was elected captain for the 2016 season. Last year, Clemens was voted All-EIVA first team and to the EIVA All-Academic team after posting a career-high 3.11 kills per set and 1.79 digs per set. The Carmel, Indiana native continues to climb Harvard's record books, ranking eighth in career digs (370) and ninth block assists (121), while also standing 10th in solo blocks (24) and total blocks (145).
Back in Crimson
Head coach Brian Baise welcomes back three starters including senior captain Brendan Clemens and sophomores Brad Gretsch and Marko Kostich. Clemens was selected to the All-EIVA first team last season after posting a career-high 3.11 kills per set and 1.79 digs per set. Kostich sits on Harvard's career assists list with 527, while Gretsch finished his freshmen year with 1.76 kills per set. Senior Alister Bent and junior Samuel Murphy will both see time at libero this season.
A Year Ago
Harvard finished 2015 with a 13-12 record, including a 7-5 mark in conference play. The Crimson earned a berth to the EIVA Tournament for the fourth-consecutive year, but fell to George Mason, 3-1, in the semifinals. DJ White '15 led the Crimson with 3.24 kills per set, while AVCA honorable mention All-American Caleb Zimmick '15 ranked 13th in the country in blocks per set (1.17) and 16th in hitting percentage (.359). White was also ranked 11th in digs per set with 2.29. As a team, Harvard ranked 11th in the nation with a .277 hitting percentage and 12th in blocks per set at 2.48.
On The Sidelines
Head coach Brian Baise returns for his eighth season at the helm of the Harvard men's volleyball program. Baise owns a 90-74 record on the sidelines, including a 66-37 mark over the past five seasons.
Assistant coach Jeffrey Aucoin will return for his third season, with Harrison Hodgin and Christian Vandergeest joining the team as assistant coaches. Ahmed Ibrahim will also return with the Crimson as its operations assistant.
Harvard opens its home slate versus Alderson Broaddus at the Malkin Athletic Center on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on the ILDN with Ben Altsher and Chris Boscherini on the call.