Men’s Volleyball Travels to West Virginia

Men’s Volleyball Travels to West Virginia

Casey White registered his career-high in kills against UC Santa Barbara, with 19 (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Fresh off a three-set win against Sacred Heart, Harvard men's volleyball will head to West Virginia to face Charleston in a pair of contests. The first match is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, March 31, and the second match will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 1. Both matches will be streamed through the Charleston West Virginia Portal.

Last Time Out
The Harvard men's volleyball team downed Sacred Heart in three sets March 24 at the Malkin Athletic Center. The win came with set scores of 25-23, 25-12 and 25-21. Erik Johnsson and Casey White led the Crimson (7-10, 4-4 EIVA) with seven kills each, with support from Samuel Murphy, who registered six digs. Matthew Ctvrtlik also assisted the Crimson with 15 helpers and five blocks, while Riley Moore registered seven stoppers.


Recap: Men's Volleyball vs Sacred Heart, W 3-0
Mar 25, 2017

March 24, 2017

Follow the Leader
Which member of the Crimson holds the highest record this season?

Kills – Casey White, 179
Hitting Percentage – Riley Moore .426
Assists – Marko Kostich, 322
Digs – Casey White, 130
Blocks – Riley Moore, 60
Points – Casey White, 215.0

Scouting Charleston
Charleston (W.V.) currently holds an 11-13 overall record, and a 0-10 mark in the EIVA. The Golden Eagles will rely on senior Ryan Santos who has recorded 231 kills this season, and junior Anthony Rivera who has notched 643 helpers this season. Sophomore middle blocker Eugene Stuart leads the Golden Eagles with 57 blocks this season.  Harvard leads Charleston in the overall series 2-0. Harvard swept Charleston in a pair of contests in April 2016, downing the Golden Eagles, 3-1 and 3-0.

Diggin' Up
Harvard has registered 672 digs over the course of 69 sets, good for 9.10 digs per set and second in the EIVA. Five members of the Crimson have tallied 80 digs or more this season: Casey White (130), Chase Howard (118), Marko Kostich (88), Erik Johnsson (86) and Matthew Ctvrtlik (86).
Baby Got Blocks
Senior Casey White, junior Riley Moore, sophomore Trevor Dow and freshmen Erik Johnsson and Matthew Ctvrtlik have registered a combined 238 blocks since the beginning of the season. Eight members of the Crimson have tallied 10 blocks or more. Harvard currently averages 2.54 blocks per set, which is first in the EIVA and sixth in the country.
Breaking It DOWn
Sophomore Trevor Dow averages 1.09 blocks/set, ranking eighth nationally and first in the EIVA. The middle blocker has registered 59 blocks this season, besting his 56 blocks from last season.
Oh, Brother
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
Career Digs
No.      Name              Years Digs
1. Chris Gibbons '14 2010-14   789
2. Casey White '17 2013-pres. 603
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 167 kills and nine service aces so far this season, while Ctvrtlik has registered 311 assists for the year.

Five-Year Streak
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 105-86 record on the sidelines, including a 80-48 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.
What's Next?
Harvard will host Saint Francis on April 7 and Penn State on April 8. The Crimson will celebrate the careers of their seniors, Sam Murphy and Casey White, prior to the contest on April 8.  Both matches will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.