|Matchup||Harvard vs. No. 1 Long Beach State|
|Date||Feb. 8, 2018|
|Venue||Malkin Athletic Center|
|Live Stats||Harvard vs. Long Beach State|
|Watch||Ivy League Network|
|Series||Harvard trails, 0-4|
|Last Meeting||L, 0-3 (March 13, 2015)|
|Matchup||Harvard vs. SUNY New Paltz|
|Date||Feb. 9, 2018|
|Live Stats||Harvard vs. SUNY New Paltz|
|Series||Harvard leads, 12-60|
|Last Meeting||W, 3-1 (March 2, 2002)|
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to the court for its second home match of the season, the Harvard men's volleyball team will host No. 1 Long Beach State at the Malkin Athletic Center this Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network. The Crimson will quickly return to action for the Morgan Classic hosted by Springfield College Feb. 9-10, facing SUNY New Paltz in the first round Friday night.
Last Time Out
Harvard fell in five sets to Springfield College, Saturday, Jan. 29 in its home opener. Marko Kostich recorded a career-high 15 digs and 20 assists for the Crimson, while Trevor Dow led the way in blocks at nine. The loss brought the Crimson to a 1-3 record overall.
Scouting Long Beach State
Long Beach State enters the weekend as the No. 1 team in the country and undefeated with a 10-0 record. The 49ers have beaten all but one opponent by 3-0 margins this season. Long Beach State is led on attack by juniors Kyle Ensing and TJ DeFalco who have recorded 105 and 95 kills, respectively. DeFalco tops the team in digs as well at 66.
Scouting SUNY New Paltz
The Hawks, who have made the NCAA finals their past two seasons, have registered a 3-2 record so far in 2018. New Paltz is led by the underclassmen as sophomores Robert Nolan tops the team at 31 digs and Matthew Grace leads with 101 assists.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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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Harvard picks back up EIVA action at Saint Francis (Pa.) Friday, Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. and Penn State, Saturday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m.