CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Preventing Sacred Heart from its first conference win of the season, the Harvard men's volleyball team (6-11, 6-2 EIVA) sealed a 3-1 victory against the Pioneers tonight, March 23, at the Malkin Athletic Center. After dropping the first set, the Crimson won three straight to earn its sixth conference win of the season and move to 6-11 overall. The win came by set scores of 24-26, 25-22, 25-17 and 25-21.
The Crimson out hit the Pioneers .331 to .195 with three Harvard players hitting .400 or above. Senior co-captain Riley Moore recorded zero errors for the fourth time this season and eight kills to register a season-high .727 attack percentage. Brad Gretsch tallied double digit kills for the seventh time this season at 17, while Matthew Ctvrtlik notched his third double-double of the season, registering 10 kills and 23 assists for Harvard.
Marko Kotisch made a notable contribution as well, adding a team-best 28 assists, nine kills, nine digs and three service aces. Chase Howard led the Crimson defense with 12 digs, while Trevor Dow recorded five blocks.
- The Pioneers used a 4-0 run to move out to a 10-6 advantage to begin the match
- Harvard took a 18-17 lead off kills from Erik Johnsson, Gretsch and Dow
- Sacred Heart mounted another 5-2 run to grab a 22-20 lead
- After trading points, the Pioneers closed set one on a block at 26-24
- Harvard jumped to a 5-2 lead with blocks from Kostich and Moore
- Sacred Heart clawed back to even the score at six apiece before the Crimson used a 6-2 run to take an 11-7 lead
- Moore gave Harvard its 19th point of the set with a kill from Kostich after the Pioneers closed the lead to 18-16
- A kill and service ace by Kostich sealed the set for the Crimson at 25-22
- Despite an early 5-3 lead for Sacred Heart, the Crimson battled back and completed a 6-0 run to take a 9-5 lead
- A 6-3 run put Harvard ahead 17-11 midway through the set
- The Pioneers cut the gap to 20-16 down the line, before a 4-0 run gave the Crimson its largest lead of the set at 24-16
- Dow dealt the winning kill at 25-17 to set Harvard up to take the match
- Harvard broke a 7-7 tie with a 5-1 run off three kills from Moore to take a 12-8 advantage
- Gretsch, Kostich and Dow teamed up for a block to give the Crimson its 16th point of the set to lead by five
- Sacred Heart inched back to come within three at 22-19 after a 4-0 run
- A kill from Gretsch and block from Gretsch and Dow ended the match at 25-21
Harvard is back in action tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m., hosting Alderson Broaddus in its final non-conference match of the season at the Malkin Athletic Center. The match will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.