Moore paces the Crimson with a .420 hitting percentage on the season (Zack Williamson).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –Looking to advance on to the EIVA tournament, Harvard men's volleyball will travel to Princeton and NJIT to close out the regular season this weekend. The Crimson will face Princeton on Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. and NJIT on Saturday, April 15 at 4 p.m.
In the final home match of the 2017 season, the Harvard men's volleyball team fought a tough battle against No. 12 Penn State. The Nittany Lions earned the win in three sets, with scores of 25-22, 25-20 and 25-21. Riley Moore paced the Crimson (9-12, 6-6 EIVA) with nine kills, while Erik Johnsson added eight kills and one service ace to the board. Johnsson earned his 200th career kill in the match against the Nittany Lions. Trevor Dow registered three stoppers against Penn State, while Matthew Ctvrtlik added seven digs to assist the Crimson defense.
April 8, 2017
Follow the Leader
Here are the current statistical leaders for the Crimson this season:
Kills – Casey White, 221
Hitting Percentage – Riley Moore .420
Assists – Marko Kostich, 410
Digs – Casey White, 148
Blocks – Trevor Dow, 76
Points – Casey White, 263.5
Princeton currently sits in third place in the EIVA with a 7-5 conference record. The Tigers sit at an 11-12 overall record for the season, relying on freshman Parker Dixon who has recorded 257 kills this season, and senior Jonah May who has notched 774 helpers this season. Freshman George Huhmann leads the Tigers with 93 blocks this season. Harvard trails Princeton in the overall series, 19-34. The Crimson dropped the last contest against the Tigers, falling 3-2 on February 24.
The Highlanders currently hold a 13-11 overall record, including a 6-6 mark in EIVA play. Senior outside hitter Jabarry Goodridge has recorded 380 kills this season, and paces the Highlanders offense. Freshman Luke Allmond leads the Red Flash with 58 total blocks this season. Harvard leads NJIT in the overall series, 23-18. The Crimson recorded a 3-0 win over the Highlanders in its last meeting on February 25.
Harvard has registered 751 digs over the course of 84 sets, good for 8.94 digs per set and third in the EIVA. Five members of the Crimson have tallied 100 digs or more this season: Casey White (148), Chase Howard (137), Marko Kostich (115), Matthew Ctvrtlik (106), and Erik Johnsson (103).
Baby Got Blocks
Senior Casey White, junior Riley Moore, sophomore Trevor Dow and freshmen Erik Johnsson and Matthew Ctvrtlik have registered a combined 287 blocks since the beginning of the season. Eight members of the Crimson have tallied 10 blocks or more. Harvard currently averages 2.46 blocks per set, which is first in the EIVA and seventh in the country.
Breaking It DOWn
Sophomore Trevor Dow averages 1.12 blocks/set, ranking eighth nationally and second in the EIVA. The middle blocker has registered 76 blocks this season, besting 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 621 digs in his tenure, while DJ recorded 556. Casey sits in second place in the all-time record book.
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 202 kills and 10 service aces so far this season, while Ctvrtlik has registered 384 assists for the year.
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 107-88 record on the sidelines, including a 82-50 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.