Men's Volleyball Continues Road Stretch at Princeton and NJIT

Men's Volleyball Continues Road Stretch at Princeton and NJIT


Matchup Harvard at Princeton*
Date Feb. 23, 2018
Time 7 p.m.
Venue Dillion Gymnasium
Live Stats Harvard at Princeton
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Series Harvard trails, 19-36
Last Meeting L, 0-3 (April 14, 2017)


Matchup Harvard at NJIT*
Date Feb. 24, 2018
Time 4 p.m.
Venue Estelle and Zoom Fleisher Athletic Center
Live Stats Harvard at NJIT
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Series Harvard leads, 24-18
Last Meeting W, 3-0 (April 15, 2017)


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team will continue its road stretch this weekend, facing EIVA opponents Princeton on Friday, Feb. 23 and NJIT on Saturday, Feb. 24. The matches are slated to begin at 7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. The Crimson currently sits at fifth place in the EIVA standings, three spots above Princeton and one over NJIT.

Last Time Out
Harvard dropped two conference road contests this weekend at Saint Francis (Pa.) and No. 9 Penn State, falling 3-1 and 3-0, respectively. Senior co-captains Jack Heavey and Riley Moore continued to lead the Crimson attack against the Red Flash, contributing 11 and nine kills each. Outside hitter Erik Johnsson rose to the top of Harvard's line up in kills after his performance against the Nittany Lions, registering seven to lead the team with 69. The Crimson is now 1-8 overall, 1-2 in conference play.

Scouting Princeton
Princeton begins its five-match homestand of EIVA competition this weekend with a 1-10 overall record, 0-3 in league play. The Tigers gained its lone victory of the season in a five-set decision over No. 8 Stanford on Jan. 5. The underclassmen top Princeton's scoresheet as sophomore George Huhmann leads the team with 113 kills and 32 blocks, while sophomores Parker Dixon has accumulated 57 digs and 12 service aces. Huhmann ranks fourth in the EIVA in kills and kills per set at 2.97.  

Scouting NJIT
NJIT currently sits one spot below Harvard in the EIVA standings at sixth place. The Highlanders are coming off a 3-0 loss to EIVA opponent George Mason last weekend, dropping its record to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in conference play. NJIT relies on the arm of Alvaro Gimeno who leads the team in kills per set at 3.09, good for second place in the EIVA standings. In last year's matchup, the Crimson swept the Highlanders 3-0 to take a 24-18 lead in the all-time series.

We Want Moore
Senior co-captain Riley Moore dominated for the Crimson on attack Feb. 8-10. The 6-5 middle blocker registered hitting percentages over .500 for three straight matches, 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 already notched 48 kills in seven matches so far this season and currently leads the EIVA in hitting percentage at .475.

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).

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?
After nearly a month on the road, the Crimson will return home to host EIVA opponent Charleston (W.V.) in two matches, March 2 and 3. The matches are slated to begin at 7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.