CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a three-game stint out west, Harvard men's volleyball returns home to host Sacred Heart for an EIVA clash on Friday night at the Malkin Athletic Center.
Showcasing its spring athletic programs and the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN), Harvard Athletics will have five games broadcast on Facebook Live the week of March 18-29. The games can be seen on the Harvard Athletics Facebook page, and are part of a 13-game Facebook schedule throughout the Ivy League.
The broadcasts will highlight action in five sports—men's and women's lacrosse, softball, baseball, men's volleyball—tapping into the 1.79 billion active monthly users on the world's largest social media network.
To view these events, click here on the day of the event.
Last Time Out
Despite a comeback in the fourth set to tie the game, Harvard men's volleyball fell in a close battle to No. 14 USC, 3-2. The defeat came by set scores of 16-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 8-15. Casey White recorded 12 kills to lead Harvard's attack, while Erik Johnsson and Matthew Ctvrtlik posted 10 kills apiece. Marko Kostich added 26 helpers to the Crimson offense and three service aces. Trevor Dow tallied six blocks to lead the Crimson defense, to give the Trojans 17 attack errors. Five members of the Crimson tallied six or more digs during the contest: Kostich (6), White (7), Murphy (6), Ctvrtlik (7) and Johnsson (10).
Harvard has registered 606 digs over the course of 66 sets, good for 9.18 digs per set and second in the EIVA. Five members of the Crimson have tallied 80 digs or more this season: Casey White (129), Chase Howard (118), Erik Johnsson (82), Marko Kostich (82) and Matthew Ctvrtlik (81).
Baby Got Blocks
Senior Casey White, junior Riley Moore, sophomore Trevor Dow and freshmen Erik Johnsson and Matthew Ctvrtlik have registered a combined 212 blocks since the beginning of the season. Eight members of the Crimson have tallied 10 blocks or more. Harvard currently averages 2.42 blocks per set, which is first in the EIVA and tenth in the country.
Breaking It DOWn
Sophomore Trevor Dow averages 1.08 blocks/set, ranking ninth nationally and third in the EIVA. The middle blocker has registered 55 blocks this season and is on pace to beat 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 602 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. 602
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 160 kills and nine service aces so far this season, while Ctvrtlik has registered 296 assists for the year.
Senior Casey White has recorded a double-double in six 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
March 13 at No. 15 UC Santa Barbara, 19 kills, 14 digs
Scouting Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart currently holds a 12-6 overall record, and a 5-2 mark in the EIVA. The Pioneers will rely on senior Christopher DeLucie who has recorded 197 kills this season, and sophomore Noah Ricchetti who has notched 226 helpers this season. Sophomore outside hitter Taylor Bloomquist leads the Pioneers with 63 blocks this season. Harvard leads Sacred Heart in the overall series, 27-9. The Crimson dropped a 3-2 decision against the Pioneers in the last meeting on March 3, 2017.
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 Ctvrtlik, 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.
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 heads to West Virginia to face Charleston for a pair of contests on March 31 and April 1.