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Men's Volleyball To Compete in 29th Annual Morgan Classic

Men's Volleyball To Compete in 29th Annual Morgan Classic

Match Info
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Time
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Last Meeting
Streak

Harvard vs. University of Puerto Rico
Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
5:30 p.m.
Blake Arena
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Springfield Portal
Live Stats
Harvard trails, 0-1
L, 3-2 (Jan. 30, 3006)
L1 


Match Info
Date
Time
Venue
Tickets
Video
Stats
Series Record
Last Meeting
Streak

Harvard vs. Springfield
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Blake Arena
Buy Now
Springfield Portal
Live Stats
Harvard trails, 21-37
W, 3-1 (March 11, 2015)
W3


Moore and Clemens have combined for 28 blocks this season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's volleyball returns to action after a two week hiatus and will travel to Springfield, Massachusetts for the 29th Annual Morgan Classic Collegiate Men's Volleyball Tournament Feb. 5-6. The tournament will feature the host Spring field College, the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez, and NYU. The Crimson is set to face the University of Puerto Rico on Friday, Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m.

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

About the Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

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.

About the 29th Annual Morgan Classic Collegiate Men's Volleyball Tournament
The tournament began in 1988 when it was a women's professional single match played at Holyoke High School. A year later it transformed into a two-team collegiate match. In 1990, San Diego State clinched the first title under the four-team format. The Classic then moved to Springfield College in 1991 and has continuously featured top-NCAA teams.

Harvard will make its third appearance in the tournament, after winning the title last year. Overall, the Crimson owns a 3-1 record at the Classic.

Last Time Out
Harvard traveled to Indiana to face No. 15 Ball State and IPFW on Jan. 15 and 16, respectively. The Crimson finished with a 1-1 record defeating IPFW, 3-0, after falling to Ball State, 3-1. Junior Casey White recorded his third and fourth career double-doubles at the matches with 14 kills and 16 digs at Ball State and 10 kills and 11 digs versus IPFW, while senior Branden Clemens tallied his seventh-career double-double against Ball State with 18 kills and 13 digs.

EIVA Leaders
As a team, the Crimson leads the EIVA in service aces (1.44 per set) and digs (10.50 per set). Harvard is also second in multiple categories including opponent hitting percentage (.255), assists (11.44 per set), kills (12.11 per set), and blocks (2.25 per set).

Sophomore setter Marko Kostich is tied for first in service aces with 0.50 per set while junior outside hitter Casey White also tops the charts in digs averaging 3.06 per set.

White holds a .304 hitting percentage, good for fourth place, while also sitting tied for sixth with 0.33 aces per set. Branden Clemens ranks fourth with 3.72 kills per set while also tallying 2.39 digs per set finishing second behind White. Kostich is averaging 10.06 assists per set for a second-place ranking.  Junior libero Samuel Murphy is also placed in the top-10 with his 2.00 digs per set. Freshman Trevor Dow makes his mark as he is tied for second in blocks per set (1.00) and sophomore Riley Moore directly follows averaging 0.94. Spencer Scott is close behind averaging 0.78 blocks per set as he is tied for seventh in the conference.

Around the EIVA
No. 8 Penn State and George Mason lead the conference with wins over Saint Francis (Pa.) and Charleston (W.V.), respectively. Nonconference play continues for this week as most teams will start EIVA play next weekend. The Crimson will kick off conference play with home matches against Penn state on Friday, Feb. 12 and Saint Francis on Saturday, Feb. 13.

Chasing Records
Head coach Brian Baise is in his eighth season as the Harvard men's volleyball coach and is nine wins away from being the second Crimson coach to reach 100 victories. Multiple student-athletes are also looking to ascend the Crimson record books:

Kills    
1. Matt Jones '12
7. Ed Pankau '00
8. Branden Clemens '16
10. Caleb Zimmick '15 
2009-12
1997-00
2012-pres.
2011-15 
1,218
743
645
594 
Assists     
1. Rob Lothman '13
2. Gill Weintruab '09
7. Conor Gaughan '18
8. Marko Kostich '18
9. Pete Buletz ' 96-97 
2009-13
2007-09
1999
2015-pres.
1993-97 
3,094
1,520
1,008
604
578 
Service Aces    
1. Matt Jones '12
6. Nick Madden '14
7. Ed Pankau '00
8. Ryan Westendorf '96
    Branden Clemens '16 
2009-12
2010-14
1997-00
1995-96
2012-pres. 

97
60
58
56
56 

Digs     
1. Chris Gibbons '14
7. Rob Lothman '13
8. Branden Clemens '16
9. Casey White '17 
2010-14
2010-13
2012-pres.
2013-pres. 
789
406
391
366 
Solo Blocks    
1. Ryan Estendorf '96
8. Matt Jones '12
9. Joe Herger '00
    Branden Clemens '16 
1993-96
2009-12
1997-00
2012-pres. 
89
28
26
26 
Block Assists    
1. Ed Pankau '00
6. Matt Jones '12
8. Michael Owen '14
9. Branden Clemens '16 
1997-00
2009-12
2010-14
2012-pres. 
340
178
131
125 
Total Blocks    
1. Ed Pankau '00
8. Ryan Westendorf '96
9. Branden Clemens '16
10. DJ White '15 
1997-00
1993-96
2012-pres.
2011-15 
494
201
151
150 

COOP Student-Athlete of the Week
Senior Branden Clemens was named COOP Student-Athlete of the week on Jan. 12, while junior Casey White was voted the same honor on Jan. 19. 

Related Link:
 

Branden Clemens – Men's Volleyball
Casey White – Men's Volleyball

Aye, Aye Captain
Senior Branden Clemens was elected captain for the 2016 season. Last year, Clemens was voted All-EIVA first team and 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 kills (645),  service aces (56), career digs (391), and block assists (116), while also ranking ninth in career solo blocks (26), career block assists (125), and career total blocks (151).

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 eighth on Harvard's career assists list with 604, 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.

Fresh Faces
Harvard has added two middle blockers to the 2016 roster; Trevor Dow from Needham, Massachusetts, and Spencer Scott from Oak Lawn, Illinois.

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 91-75 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 but as its operations assistant.

What's Next?
Harvard men's volleyball will host No. 8 Penn State on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network. 

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