Team Effort Leads Men’s Volleyball to Five-Set Victory Over NJIT, 3-2

Photo by: Gil Talbot
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – An all-around team effort led Harvard men's volleyball to a five-set victory over NJIT at the Malkin Athletic Center on Saturday Night. Harvard had people all around the court step up, as sophomore Griffin Schmit registered a game-high 20 kills, junior Matthew Ctvrtlik tallied 46 assists, first-year Jason Shen recorded a career-high 19 digs and senior Trevor Dow set career-highs in both solo blocks (four) and total blocks (10).

Individually, the Crimson climbed up the record books as Shen's 19 digs are the most by a Harvard player since 2014 and tied for the seventh most all-time. The 19 digs are also the second-most in a five-set match in the NCAA this season. Dow's four solo blocks are tied for the third-most all-time and the most since 2008, while his 10 total blocks are tied for the fourth-most all-time. He also had nine kills on the night on 13 total attacks and no errors to register a .692 hitting percentage. His 10 total blocks are tied for the third-most in the country this season. 

Ctvrtlik's 46 assists tied his career-high while he also registered his fourth double-double of the season with 13 digs. Schmit also tied a career-high with his 20 kills, while also recording his first double-double, tallying 15 digs on the night. Schmit also set a career-high in hitting percentage at .415. Also having a career-night was Campbell Schoenfeld, who hit 16 kills on 39 attacks for a .333 hitting percentage.

Harvard Highlights
- With his 19 digs, first-year Jason Shen recorded the seventh-most digs in a single match in Harvard men's volleyball history. The 19 digs are also the second-most in a five-set match in the NCAA this season.
- Trevor Dow registered the fourth-most total blocks in a single-match in Harvard history, recording 10 while also having the third-most solo blocks in a single match with four. His 10 total blocks are tied for the third-most in the country this season.
- Griffin Schmit and Matthew Ctvrtlik each tallied double-doubles, as Ctvrtlik had 46 assists and 13 digs while Schmit had 20 kills and 15 digs.
- Trevor Dow outblocked NJIT 7-6.

Game Notes
- The Crimson outhit the Highlanders .364-.270 while posting one more kill, 61-60.
- Harvard had more digs than NJIT, 60-45.
- Harvard outblocked NJIT 11.5-6.

What's Next
Harvard is back on the road, heading south to West Virginia for a match against Charleston on Friday, March 1 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 2 at 6 p.m.