Men’s Volleyball Set to Close Out Regular Season at George Mason

Men’s Volleyball Set to Close Out Regular Season at George Mason
Matchup Harvard at George Mason
Date April 13/14, 2018
Time 7 p.m./3 p.m.
Venue Recreation and Athletic Complex
Live Stats Harvard at George Mason 
Watch George Mason All-Access
Series Harvard trails, 10-13
Last Meeting L, 0-3 (Feb. 12, 2017)


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard men's volleyball team is set to wrap up the regular season this weekend, April 13-14, with a pair of conference matches at George Mason. First serve on Friday is set for 7 p.m., while Saturday's contest is slated to begin at 3 p.m. Both matches will be available to watch on George Mason All-Access.

Last Time Out
Harvard earned a pair of significant conference wins this weekend against Princeton and NJIT to remain in second place in the EIVA standings. A balanced attack led the Crimson past the Tigers on Friday, 3-2, as three Harvard players tallied double-digit kills. Matthew Ctvrtlik recorded his fifth double-double of the season with a team-best 28 assists and 12 digs.

The Crimson extended its win streak to six matches Saturday night against NJIT, sweeping the Highlanders in three sets. Harvard posted its highest team attack percentage of the season, outhitting NJIT .500 to .274. The seniors shined on senior night as Brad Gretsch knocked down double-digit kills for the 11th time this season and Marko Kostich posted a season-high .778 hitting percentage.

Scouting George Mason
George Mason currently sits atop the EIVA standings with an 11-1 record, recently coming off its lone conference loss of the season to Penn State last weekend. The Patriots top the league in both kills (1108) and assists (1028), while sophomore Hayden Wagner leads the EIVA in kills per set at 3.60. The Crimson attack will go up against Johnny Gomez who has registered 2.59 digs per set and Bryce Gatling who has put up 1.00 blocks per set at the net. A weekend sweep for the Crimson will allow Harvard to host the 2018 EIVA Championship Tournament, while one or two wins for George Mason will mean the Patriots will play host.

We Want Moore
Senior co-captain Riley Moore has dominated for the Crimson on attack this season. The 6-5 middle blocker leads the EIVA in hitting percentage at .448, good for third in the nation. Moore has registered hitting percentages over .600 in eight matches this season when tallying seven or more kills. On top of this, the Santa Monica, Calif. native has recorded zero errors in six matches when hitting above .400.  

Earning his second player of the week honor this season, Moore was tabbed the EIVA Offensive Player of the Week and the Off the Block/Molten National Middle Attacker of the Week on April 2 after registering 24 kills and hitting .784 between the two matches.

Coaches' Corner
Head coach Brian Baise is in the midst of his 10th 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.

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What's Next?
The Crimson will prep for the EIVA post-season playoffs, April 19 and 22. The host of the tournament will be determined after this weekend's matches. A sweep will allow Harvard to host the 2018 EIVA Championship Tournament, while one or two wins for George Mason will mean the Patriots will play host.