Baise is the second Harvard men's volleyball coach to reach the milestone (Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- Brian Baise, head coach of the men's volleyball team, reached his 100th-career win after surpassing Charleston (W.Va.), 3-0, Saturday evening at the Malkin Athletic Center. The team rolled to the three-set victory with set scores of 25-12, 25-15, and 25-19.
Brad Gretsch was the only Crimson to reach double-digit kills in the victory with 11, while Branden Clemens followed with nine kills and Casey White contributed seven. Gretsch and Riley Moore dominated at the net notching four and three blocks, respectively.
Harvard (11-8, 7-3) now sits tied for second with NJIT in EIVA play, while Charleston (0-12, 4-21) is last. Along with the Crimson climbing the conference ranks, Clemens is now ranked sixth on Harvard's all-time solo blocks list with 30. Baise also etched his name in the record books being the second Harvard men's volleyball coach to earn 100 wins.
Charleston's offense was led by Rajahl Moxey who recorded a match-high 12 kills.
The Crimson out-hit the Golden Eagles .706 to -.095 in the first set, and never let up the lead. Harvard's biggest lead of 12 happened in the final point of the set off a Charleston error, 25-12. Four Harvard student-athletes recorded a perfect hitting percentage including; Marko Kostich, White, Moore, and Clemens.
The Golden Eagles came within one, 6-5, but Harvard's offense persisted as a 7-2 run opened the set, 13-7. The Crimson went on a late 8-3 run closing out the third frame as Clemens tallied his fourth kill of the evening, 25-15.
Despite tying the score seven times, Charleston did not hold a lead in the final frame. Clinging to a one-point lead, 18-17, Harvard went on a 6-3 run to close out the set and clinch match point off a kill by Gretsch, 25-19.
Harvard will be back in action next weekend as the Crimson travels to No. 10 Penn State on Friday, April 8 for a 7 p.m. matchup, while also facing No. 15 Saint Francis (Pa.) on Saturday, April 9 with first serve at 4 p.m.