The Crimson currently rank fourth in the country with 2.59 blocks per set (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – After moving up in the national ranks with 2.59 blocks per set, Harvard men's volleyball will jet off to California to take on a trio of ranked opponents March 11-14. First, the Crimson will face UCLA on March 11 at 10 p.m.. Harvard will see UC Santa Barbara on March 13 at 10 p.m. and closes out the trip facing USC on March 14 at 10 p.m.
Last Time Out
Hosting its last game before heading to the west coast, the Harvard men's volleyball team sunk Coker in three sets on March 7 at the Malkin Athletic Center. The final tallies read 25-20, 25-20 and 25-17. Sophomore middle blocker Spencer Scott paced the Crimson defense with 11 blocks, with support from Riley Moore, Jack Heavey, Matthew Ctvrtlik and Erik Johnsson, who earned three blocks each. Johnsson led the Crimson's offense with 12 kills, his fourth-consecutive game with double-digit kills and eighth overall this season. Ctvrtlik registered 28 helpers, assisting the Crimson to a .311 attack percentage.
March 7, 2017
March 7, 2017
Harvard has registered 488 digs over the course of 53 sets, good for 9.21 digs per set and second in the EIVA. Six members of the Crimson have tallied 40 digs or more this season: Casey White (104), Chase Howard (101), Erik Johnsson (68), Marko Kostich (60) and Matthew Ctvrtlik (57).
Baby Got Blocks
Senior Casey White, junior Riley Moore, sophomores Trevor Dow and Spencer Scott and freshmen Erik Johnsson and Matthew Ctrvrtlik have registered a combined 198 blocks since the beginning of the season. Eight members of the Crimson have tallied 10 blocks or more. Harvard currently averages 2.59 blocks per set, which is first in the EIVA and fourth in the country.
Breaking It DOWn
Sophomore Trevor Dow averages 1.08 blocks/set, ranking 10th nationally and third in the EIVA. The middle blocker has registered 42 blocks this season and is en route to beating his 56 blocks from last season.
During the matches against Princeton, NJIT, and Coker, Casey White tallied a combined 13 digs and surpassed his brother, DJ White '15, for career digs. Currently, Casey has 577 digs in his tenure, while DJ recorded 556. Casey sits in second place in the all-time record book.
Climbing the Ranks
Casey White and Riley Moore are moving up the ranks in the Harvard record book. For complete information, click here.
Digs in a Single Match
No. Name Opponent Year Digs
1. Brian Rapp '08 vs. NYU 2008 28
2. Chris Gibbons '14 at George Mason 2012 23
3. Casey White '17 vs. Sacred Heart 2016 21
Digs in a Season
No. Name Year Digs
1. Chris Gibbons '14 2013 219
2. Chris Gibbons '14 2014 216
3. Joe Herger '00 2000 215
4. Chris Gibbons '14 2012 211
5. Casey White '17 2015 208
No. Name Year Digs
1. Chris Gibbons '14 2010-14 789
2. Casey White '17 2013-pres. 577
3. DJ White '15 2011-15 556
Total Blocks in a Match
No. Name Year Blocks
1. Ed Pankau '00 vs. Eastern Mennonite 1999 21
2. Kyle Rehkemper '14 vs. Princeton 2011 13
3. Caleb Zimmick '15 vs. Concordia 2014 12
Riley Moore '18 vs George Mason 2017 12
Fresh on the Court
Though Erik Johnsson and Matthew Ctvrtlik are new to Harvard, the freshmen are making their presence known on the court. Johnsson has earned 133 kills and nine service aces so far this season, while Ctvrtlik has registered 237 assists for the year.
Senior Casey White has recorded a double-double in five games this season:
Jan. 13 at Lewis 11 kills, 10 digs
Jan. 19 vs Fort Wayne 11 kills, 18 digs
Jan. 20 vs Ball State 13 kills, 10 digs
Feb. 4 vs Alderson Broaddus 11 kills, 11 digs
Feb. 18 at Saint Francis 11 kills, 11 digs
No. 7 UCLA boasts a 12-7 overall record this season, including 8-6 in MPSF play. The Bruins will rely on junior JT Hatch, who has recorded 158 kills this season, and sophomore Micah Ma'a, who has notched 442 helpers this season. Ma'a leads the Bruins with 54 total blocks this season. This will be the first meeting between Harvard and UCLA.
Scouting UC Santa Barbara
No. 15 UC Santa Barbara post a 9-10 overall record this season, including a 5-9 mark in MPSF play. The Guachos will rely on senior Jacob Delson on the offensive end, as he leads the team with 4.43 kills per set and 279 overall kills. Freshman Casey McGarry adds 459 helpers to the board, averaging 9.77 assists per set. Sophomore Connor Drake leads USCB with 1.26 blocks per set, also ranking first in the country. Harvard trails USCB in the all-time series, 0-3, falling in three sets on March 15, 2013.
No. 14 Southern California post a 6-12 overall record, going 5-9 in MPSF play. Senior Lucas Yoder leads the Trojans with 271 kills this season, averaging 4.84 per set. Junior Gert Lisha supports USC with 698 helpers, averaging 10.42 per set. Senior Andy Benesh posts 71 blocks this season, leading the Trojan defense with 1.06 blocks per set. This will be the first meeting between Harvard and USC.
Returning to the Court
The Crimson returns eight members of the 2016 squad, including co-captains Casey White and Samuel Murphy. White posted 219.5 points last season, tallying a team-high 162 digs and 179 kills. Murphy registered 82 digs and 17 assists during his junior campaign.
Welcome to Cambridge
Harvard welcomes five newcomers to the team this season: Jack Connolly, Matthew Ctvrlik, Marty Heavey, Chase Howard and Erik Johnsson. This group joins the Crimson from five states around the country.
The Harvard men's volleyball team has received the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award for five-straight years, and is one of just 11 men's programs in the country to earn that distinction. Additionally, Brad Gretsch and Marko Kostich were named to the EIVA All-Academic team at the conclusion of the 2016 season.
On the Sidelines
Brian Baise enters his ninth season as head coach of the Harvard men's volleyball team in 2017. Over eight seasons, he has ushered in an era of unprecedented success for the Crimson. Baise owns a 104-86 record on the sidelines, including a 79-48 mark over the past five seasons. The Crimson was selected sixth in the 2017 EIVA Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Matthew Jones '12 was named the coaching assistant for the men's and women's volleyball teams on May 5, 2016. The former outside hitter's name floods Harvard's career record book, Jones ranks first in kills (1,218) and aces (97), third in kills per set (3.76), sixth in digs (452) and block assists (178), seventh in total blocks (206), and ninth in solo blocks (28).
Christian Vandergeest and Rob Lothman were added to the Crimson staff in December 2016.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth 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.
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.
Harvard will return home to host Sacred Heart on March 24 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.