Men's Volleyball Heads to California for Three-Match Road Trip

Men's Volleyball Heads to California for Three-Match Road Trip
Matchup Harvard at No. 12 CSUN
Date March 10, 2018
Time 10 p.m. (EST)
Venue Matadome
Live Stats Harvard at No. 12 CSUN 
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Series Harvard trails, 1-2
Last Meeting L, 1-3 (March 14, 2015)


Matchup Harvard at USC
Date March 11, 2018
Time 10 p.m. (EST)
Venue Galen Center
Live Stats Harvard at USC 
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Series Harvard trails, 1-3
Last Meeting L, 2-3 (March 14, 2017)


Matchup Harvard at No. 14 Concordia Irvine
Date March 12, 2018
Time  10 p.m. (EST)
Venue CU Arena
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Series Harvard leads, 8-6
Last Meeting W, 3-1 (feb. 20, 2015)


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off back-to-back conference wins at home over Charleston (W. Va.) last weekend, the Harvard men's volleyball team will travel to California for three non-conference matches. The Crimson will face No. 12 CSUN on Saturday March 10th, USC on Sunday, March 11th and No. 14 Concordia Irvine on Monday, March 12th. All matches are slated to begin at 10 p.m. (EST).

Last Time Out
The Crimson is currently on a four-match winning streak after adding a pair of conference wins over Charleston (W. Va.) at home last weekend, moving its EIVA record to 5-2. The two victories pushed Harvard above the Golden Eagles to third place in the league standings. Senior Brad Gretsch led the Crimson attack, posting a team-high 18 kills in the series opener. Senior co-captain Riley Moore continues to dominate for the offense as well, having recorded a .474 hitting percentage off nine kills and zero errors on Friday night. Harvard defeated Charleston (W. Va.) by 3-1 and 3-0 margins to complete the weekend sweep.

Scouting Harvard
With its two conference wins this weekend, the Crimson has continued to climb the rankings to third place in the EIVA standings. Currently at 5-2, Harvard sits just one spot below No. 11 Penn State who also has registered a 5-2 conference record. With a .227 hitting percentage as a team, the Crimson ranks third in the EIVA and 26th in the nation. Riley Moore falls second in the EIVA in attack percentage at .429, a mark that places him at fifth in the nation. Defensively, Harvard ranks second in digs at 501, with Chase Howard placing fifth at 131. Junior Trevor Dow has made it hard for the opposing attack, registering 1.02 blocks per set, good for third in the league.

Scouting CSUN
The Matadors currently rank 12th in the nation with an 8-7 overall record. CSUN is on a three-match losing streak after dropping two straight 3-0 sweeps to No. 1 Long Beach State last weekend. Led by senior Arvis Greene who averages 4.59 kills per set, the Matadors rank 11th in the nation in hitting percentage at .290. With 2.46 blocks per set, CSUN holds their opponents to a .275 attack percentage.

Scouting USC
The Trojans enter the weekend on a six-match losing streak, bringing its overall record to 4-13. USC has yet to win a match on the road, going 0-6 when traveling. Redshirt junior Jack Wyett leads USC both offensively and defensively, posting team-best 3.65 kills per set and 91 digs. The Trojans average 12.5 kills and 83 digs per set. At 1-5 in conference play, USC sits one spot above last-place Stanford.

Scouting Concordia Irvine
The Eagles rank 14th in the nation, split in both conference play and overall record at 3-3 and 8-8, respectively. Concordia Irvine recently dropped two contests to No. 2 Hawaii last weekend, both 3-0 sweeps. Jacob Weisner leads the Eagles defense, ranking seventh in the nation at 2.70 digs per set. With 192 kills and 17 service aces this season, redshirt sophomore Raymond Barsemian aids Concordia Irvine's offense.

Sophomore Standout
Sophomore Chase Howard of the Harvard men's volleyball team was named the Off the Block/Molten National Libero of the Week on March 5. The Virginia Beach, Va. native led the Crimson defense in two conference wins over Charleston (W. Va.) this weekend at home. Howard recorded 3.14 digs per set over the two matches and combined for 22 total, 13 of which came in the series opener. This was the seventh time this season that Howard registered double-digit digs. Howard currently ranks second in the EIVA and eighth in the nation in digs per set at 2.62.

We Want Moore
Senior co-captain Riley Moore has dominated for the Crimson on attack this season. The 6-5 middle blocker registered hitting percentages over .500 for three straight matches Feb. 8-10, with marks of .667 against Long Beach State, .700 over SUNY New Paltz and .600 versus Stevenson. On top of this, Moore recorded just one error throughout the three contests. The Santa Monica, Calif. native has continued to excel, tallying 10 kills and one error against Princeton on Feb. 23 for a .600 mark and nine kills with zero errors against Charleston (W. Va.) on March 2.

Heavey Heating Up
Senior co-captain Jack Heavey was tabbed the EIVA Offensive Player on the Week on Jan. 29 after a standout performance against Sacred Heart. The outside hitter posted career-highs in six categories, kills (10), attacks (17), hitting percentage (.471), service aces (two), digs (seven) and blocks (five). Heavey led the Crimson to its first win of the season, defeating the Pioneers 3-0, and currently sits at fifth in the EIVA in attacking percentage (.294).

Seeing (Triple) Double
Matthew Ctvrtlik is currently the only collegiate player in the nation to record a triple-double this season. At No. 15 Ball State on Jan. 20, the sophomore setter registered 10 kills, 10 digs and 16 assists, including a career-high 28 attacks. Ctvrtlik currently places fifth in the EIVA standings in digs per set at 2.19, one spot behind teammate Chase Howard at 2.53.

Last Season
Harvard completed its 2017 season with a 10-13 overall record, splitting conference play with a 7-7 mark. The Crimson averaged 10.91 kills per set with a .269% hitting percentage. Along with 8.94 digs per set, the Crimson put up 2.34 blocks per set as well. At the conclusion of the season, senior setter Marko Kostich was selected to the All-EIVA second team for the 2017 season.

Returning to the Court
The Crimson returns 12 members of the 2017 squad, including senior co-captains Jack Heavey and Riley Moore. One of Harvard's leading scorers, Erik Johnsson who ranked second on the team last season with 229 kills and 40 blocks, returns for his sophomore season, along with sophomore Chase Howard who registered 146 digs, good for second on the team.

Fresh Faces
Harvard welcomes three newcomers to the 2018 roster, including freshmen outside hitters Adam Gordon of San Diego, Calif., Griffin Schmit of Clarence Center, N.Y. and sophomore middle blocker Kevin Zhao of Edison, N.J.

Coaches' Corner
Head coach Brian Baise is in the midst of his tenth season at the helm of the Harvard men's volleyball program this weekend. Baise owns a 112-96 record on the sidelines, including an 87-58 record over the past six seasons.

Six-Year Streak
For six-years straight, the Harvard men's volleyball team has received the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. As one of 19 collegiate men's programs in the nation to earn the award, the team compiled for a top-five GPA among all men's programs.

Ivy League Network
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What's Next?
The Crimson will begin a six-match homestand the weekend of March 23-24. First hosting EIVA opponent Sacred Heart at 7 p.m. on Friday, Harvard will close out the weekend with a 4 p.m. match up against Alderson Broaddus. Both matches will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.