Men’s Volleyball Unable to Edge SUNY New Paltz, Falling 3-2

Men’s Volleyball Unable to Edge SUNY New Paltz, Falling 3-2

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team (1-5, 1-0 EIVA) fell 3-2 to SUNY New Paltz (4-2) tonight, Feb. 8, in the first round of the Morgan Classic hosted by Springfield College. Despite a fourth set comeback to force set five, the Crimson fell to the Hawks by set scores of 25-14, 14-25, 24-26, 25-19 and 12-15.

Harvard's two senior captains led the way for the Crimson on attack. Jack Heavey recorded a season-high 11 kills, while Riley Moore tallied a .700 attack percentage off of seven kills and zero errors. Moore has now posted back-to-back matches without a single attacking error. Trevor Dow dominated on the service line, registering four aces and adding nine kills to his night. Other notable contributions include Marko Kostich's season-high 31 assists and Chase Howard's 10 digs on defense.

Set One
- Dow got Harvard off to a fast start with two consecutive kills with assists from Marko Kostich
- The Crimson dominated a majority of the next half of the set, going on a 12-2 run to take a 19-10 lead with Dow notching two service aces
- The Hawks were unable to catch Harvard despite a 3-0 run of its own to make the score 22-14
- Harvard sealed the match off of a pair of kills from Koctich and Moore and a service ace by Heavey

Set Two
- SUNY New Paltz controlled the beginning of set two, earning six of the first eight points
- A 4-2 run would give the Hawks a 10-4 lead until Harvard Harvard went on a 5-3 run of its own, featuring kills by Dow, Erik Johnsson and Moore
- The Hawks slowly pulled away from here, gaining a 22-12 lead and eventually winning the set 25-14

Set Three
- The teams traded the first eight points of the set until the Hawks went on a 4-1 run to take a 7-6 lead
- A kill by Johnsson sparked a 7-4 run for Harvard and 13-11 lead, including two kills by Adam Gordon
- A pair of 4-1 runs later in the set each featuring two kills apiece by Matthew Ctvrtlik and Dow led the Crimson to tie the score at 24-24
- SUNY New Paltz closed off a kill and attacking error, taking the set 26-24

Set Four
- A 5-2 run to start the fourth set gave the Crimson a 5-4 lead off of kills by Ctvrtlik, Johnsson, and Moore
- Harvard went on to tie the set seven times, exchanging points with the 49ers until the Crimson pulled away at the 19-16 mark thanks to two service aces by Kostich
- The Crimson took four points in a row, capitalizing on attacking errors by SUNY New Paltz and clinching the set at 25-19 to force a fifth

Set Five
- The deciding set was neck-and-neck as the teams traded points the whole way through
- Heavey totaled three kills with Johnsson at two as the Crimson gained most of its points off attacking errors
- The score would tie nine times before the 49ers took the set 15-12

Up Next
The Crimson will face Stevenson tomorrow, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. in its final day at the Morgan Classic.