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Men's Volleyball Visits George Mason for Two Matches

Men's Volleyball Visits George Mason for Two Matches

Match Info
Date
Time
Venue
Video
Series Record
Last Meeting
Streak

Harvard at George Mason
Friday, Feb. 19, 2016
7 p.m.
Recreation & Athletic Complex
Patriot Vision
Harvard trails, 5-10
L, 3-1 (April 25, 2015)
L1


Match Info
Date
Time
Venue
Video

Harvard at George Mason
Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016
4 p.m.
Recreation & Athletic Complex
Patriot Vision


Moore leads the team with 32 total blocks, while Kostich follows with 23 (Zach Williamson).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team will travel to Virginia for a two-game series against EIVA opponent George Mason. The first contest will be on Friday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. and the second will be played on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. Both matches will be streamed on the Patriot Vision.

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Scouting George Mason
George Mason sports a 5-6 overall mark and a 1-0 EIVA record, after defeating Charleston, 3-0. Christian Malias and Paco Velez were each selected as the EIVA Offensive Player of the Week on Jan. 11 and Feb. 8, respectively. Velez tops the conference leaderboard in aces per set (0.63), while Radoslav Popov is ranked second averaging a .363 hitting percentage.

Last Time Out
The Crimson recorded its first conference win this past weekend as it blanked No. 15 St. Francis in three sets. Branden Clemens led the attack with 19 kills, while Brad Gretsch matched his career high of 13 kills. Harvard combined for a .494 hitting percentage, its highest since hitting .525 versus the Red Flash at home last season on Feb. 27. Harvard also fell to No. 7 Penn State on Friday, 3-0.

Versus Ranked Opponents
Harvard surpassed No. 15 St. Francis last Saturday, 3-0. The last time the Crimson defeated a ranked opponent was Jan. 23, 2015 against No. 14 Ball State, 3-0. 

EIVA Leaders
As a team, the Crimson leads the EIVA in hitting percentage with a .300 clip. Harvard is also second in multiple categories including assists (11.33 per set), kills (12.33 per set), blocks (2.32 per set), service aces (1.39 per set), and digs (8.91 per set), while placing fourth in opponent hitting percentage (.274).

Junior outside hitter Casey White is placed fourth on the charts in digs averaging 2.21 per set, while sophomore setter Marko Kostich ranks 10th in service aces with 0.30 per set. White holds a .265 hitting percentage, good for ninth place, while teammate Branden Clemens sits third with a .332 hitting percentage. Clemens ranks fifth with 3.88 kills per set while also tallying 2.03 digs per set placing sixth. Kostich is averaging 10.12 assists per set for a second-place ranking. Junior libero Samuel Murphy is seventh averaging 2.00 digs per set. Sophomore Riley Moore is third in blocks per set (0.97) and freshman Trevor Dow is close behind averaging 0.82 in sixth place. Kostich is rounds out the conference in blocks per set averaging 0.70, good for 10th.

Around the EIVA
With conference play now underway, Penn State stands atop the standings with a 3-0 record. Princeton and George Mason follow at 2-0 and 1-0, respectively. Harvard and Sacred Heart both hold a 1-1 mark, while NJIT (0-0), St. Francis (0-3), and Charleston (0-3) round out the bottom three. 

Double-Digit Kills
Branden Clemens has posted double-digit kills in eight of the last nine matches this season. Last year, he recorded double-digit kills in 18 of the 26 matches, while posting three in the 25 matches the year before. In his freshman year, Clemens was credited with eight double-digit kills of the 25 matches played.

Chasing Records
Head coach Brian Baise is in his eighth season at Harvard and is seven wins away from becoming 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
6. Justin Denham '02
7. Ed Pankau '00
8. Branden Clemens '16
2009-12
1999-02
1997-00
2012-pres.
1,218
770
743
706
Assists     
1. Rob Lothman '13
2. Gil Weintruab '09
7. Conor Gaughan '02
8. Marko Kostich '18
2009-13
2007-09
1999
2015-pres.
3,094
1,520
1,008
757
Service Aces    
1. Matt Jones '12
4. Evan Beachy '98
5. Gil Weintruab '10
6. Branden Clemens '16
2009-12
1995-98
2007-10
2012-16

97
79
67
62

Digs     
1. Chris Gibbons '14
4. Matt Jones '12
5. Brian Rapp '08
6. Branden Clemens '16
7. Joe Herger
8. Rob Lothman '13
9. Casey White '17
2010-14
2009-12
2005-08
2012-pres.  
1997-00
2010-13
2013-pres.
789
452
421
415
412
406
384
Solo Blocks    
1. Ryan Estendorf '96
5. Dave Olson '98
6. Ryan Oliver '98
    Seamus McKiernan '06
7. Matt Jones '12
    Branden Clemens '16
1993-96
1995-96, 98
1995-98
2004-06
2009-12
2012-pres.  
89
41
29
29
28
28
Block Assists    
1. Ed Panaku '00
6. Matt Jones '12
7. DJ White '15
8. Branden Clemens '16 
1997-00
2009-12
2011-15
2012-pres
340
178
136
134 
Total Blocks    
1. Ed Panaku '00
7. Matt Jones '12
8. Ryan Westendorf '96
9. Branden Clemens '16
1997-00
2009-12
1993-96
2012-pres
494
206
201
162

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. Brad Gretsch recently received the accolade as he won on Feb. 17.

Related Link:
 

Branden Clemens – Men's Volleyball
Casey White – Men's Volleyball
Brad Gretsch – 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 sixth in career service aces (62) and digs (415), seventh in solo blocks (28), eighth in block assists (134) and kills (706), while also ranking ninth in career total blocks (162).

Back in Crimson
Head coach Brian Baise welcomed 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 757, 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 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 93-77 record on the sidelines, including a 68-39 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?
The Crimson continues on the road for two more conference matches against Princeton on Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. and NJIT on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m. 

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