LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Competing in its first NCAA Championship Tournament in program history, the Harvard men's volleyball team (13-14, 10-4 EIVA) was upended 3-1 by UCLA (25-7, 9-3) tonight, May 1, at Pauley Pavilion. Battling the Bruins through four hard-fought sets, the loss came by set scores of 25-23, 21-25, 11-25 and 21-25 as the Crimson was eliminated from postseason play. UCLA will go on to face No. 2 BYU in the second round of the tournament.
Harvard came out firing in set one, recording a match-high .348 hitting percentage. Sophomore Matthew Ctvrtlik topped the Crimson line up with eight kills, while senior co-captain Riley Moore registered a team-leading .500 hitting percentage off five kills and one error. Marko Kostich helped connect Harvard to 35 kills on the night, dishing out a team-best 17 assists, while Ctvrtlik added 15. Erik Johnsson and Trevor Dow were solid contributors on attack as well, knocking down six kills each.
Sophomore libero Chase Howard led the back court for the Crimson once again, tallying 15 digs to stop UCLA's offense, as Ctvrtlik and Jack Heavey followed behind with six and five, respectively. Moore and Heavey each put up four blocks at the net, while Ctvrtlik, Dow and Kostich all contributed two apiece.
Despite a valiant effort, the Crimson's historic season comes to a close as UCLA moves on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.