Men’s Volleyball Falls in Five to No. 11 Ball State

Photo by: Gil Talbot
Photo by: Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's volleyball fell in a long five-set match to No. 11 Ball State on Friday night at the Malkin Athletic Center, despite 20 kills from sophomore Griffin Schmit. Schmit led the Crimson with his match-high 20 kills, along with a .300 hitting percentage and three digs.

Along with Schmit, first-year Eric Li registered 16 kills and a .423 hitting percentage and sophomore Erik Johnsson hit 13 kills. Both Schmit and Li had career-highs in kills.

Junior setter Matthew Ctvrtlik handed out 46 assists on the night, besting his career-high against Alderson Broaddus on February 4, 2017.

Ctvrtlik also led the defense, tying his career high with two block solos while also recording six digs. Johnsson had a team-high seven digs throughout the five-set match.

Harvard Highlights
- Both Griffin Schmit (20) and Eric Li (16) set new career-highs in kills.
- Matthew Ctvrtlik set a new career-high with 46 assists on the night, averaging 9.20 assists per set.
- Eric Li also set a career-high with a .423 hitting percentage.

Game Notes
- Harvard falls to 1-4 all-time against Ball State.
- Six Harvard student-athletes had three or more kills. 

What's Next
The Crimson is back for another non-conference matchup against Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m.