Men's Volleyball Back Home for Two Conference Matches

Men's Volleyball Back Home for Two Conference Matches
Matchup Harvard vs. Charleston (W. Va.)*
Date March 2/3, 2018
Time 7 p.m./4 p.m.
Venue Malkin Athletic Center
Watch Friday, March 2
  Saturday, March 3
Live Stats Harvard vs. Charleston (W.Va.)*
Series Harvard trails, 19-36
Last Meeting L, 0-3 (April 14, 2017)


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball returns home for the first time after nearly a month away from the Malkin Athletic Center to host Charleston (W.Va.) in two conference contests this weekend, Friday and Saturday, March 2-3. First serves are slated to begin at 7 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively, and both matches will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.

Last Time Out
Harvard proved it's a contender in the EIVA standings last weekend, picking up two conference wins over Princeton and NJIT. Sweeping the Tigers 3-0 on the road, the Crimson kept Princeton from its first conference victory of the season. Senior Brad Gretsch returned to the line up Friday night against the Tigers, making a big impact offensively with a team-leading 13 kills and .409 hitting percentage.

At NJIT on Saturday night, three members of the Crimson squad recorded double-doubles, including Gretsch, Matthew Ctvrtlik and Marko Kostich. With his 19 kills against the Highlanders, Gretsch registered 32 total kills between the two matches this weekend. Senior Kostich slammed down a career-high 13 kills and led the team with a .684 hitting percentage.

Scouting Harvard
Notching two conference wins this weekend, the Crimson climbed the rankings to fourth place in the EIVA standings. Currently at 3-2, Harvard sits just one spot below Charleston (W.Va.) who has registered a 3-1 record. With a .244 hitting percentage as a team, the Crimson ranks third in the EIVA and 26th in the nation. Riley Moore leads the EIVA in attack percentage at .447, a mark that places him at fourth in the nation.

Scouting Charleston (W.Va.)
Charleston (W.Va.) comes to Cambridge with an 8-2 overall record, 3-1 in conference play. The Golden Eagles split two contests last weekend, defeating Saint Francis 3-2 and picking up its first road loss of the season at Penn State, 3-0. Freshman Max Senica and senior Ryan Santos top Charleston (W. Va.)'s attack with 2.89 and 2.22 kills per set, respectively. Defensively, Adriel Roberts ranks fifth in the EIVA in blocks per set at .94. As a team, the Golden Eagles sit fifth in the league in hitting percentage at .199.

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 continues to excel, tallying 10 kills and one error against Princeton on Feb. 23 for a .600 mark.

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
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here.

What's Next?
The Crimson will take a trip to California to face CSUN, USC and Concordia University Irvine, Saturday through Monday, March 10-12. All matches will begin at 10 p.m. EST.