Men’s Volleyball Drops Back-And-Forth Match at Princeton, 3-2

Photo by: Gil Talbot
Photo by: Gil Talbot

PRINCETON, N.J. – Despite a career-high 51 assists from Matthew Ctvrtlik, Harvard men's volleyball dropped a back-and-forth match to EIVA- and Ivy-foe Princeton, 3-2 on Friday night.

Princeton would take the first set, 29-27, before Harvard would battle back to take the second, 25-17. After the Tigers took the third set, 25-20, the Crimson would snatch the fourth set 25-17. Princeton's high-powered offense showed to be too much as Harvard would fall in the fifth and final set, 15-13.

Harvard's offense was buzzing throughout the match as the team tied a season-high with 61 kills, behind Ctvrtlik's 51 assists. Leading the way was first-year Eric Li who had a career-high 17 kills. The Crimson had three players hit in double figures as first-year Campbell Schoenfeld had 14 kills and senior Trevor Dow had 11. Dow had an efficient evening, hitting his 11 kills on 14 attacks with no errors for a .786 hitting percentage. Sophomore Adam Gordon and first-year Ryan Hong both neared double figures as well, hitting nine and eight kills, respectively.

Gordon had a stellar night behind the service line as well, notching five aces. Four of those aces came during a late run in the fourth set to help the Crimson push the match into the fifth and final set. Harvard as a team had 10 aces, which includes two each from Li and Ctvrtlik and one from Dow.

Defensively, Gordon and Hong both set career-highs. Gordon had his first double-digit match in digs with 11 while Hong had seven total blocks. Junior Jack Connolly and Li both added seven digs as well while Schoenfeld had six. On the front line, Dow added five total blocks while Ctvrtlik had four. Hong also added two solo blocks while Dow had one.

Harvard Highlights
- Matthew Ctvrtlik set a new career-high with 51 assists tonight. It's the most assists by a Harvard setter since Marko Kostich '18 had 53 on April 25, 2015, vs Sacred Heart.
- Eric Li's 17 kills set a new career-high for the first-year. It's his eighth match with double-digit kills this season.
- Campbell Schoenfeld now has double-digit kills for the eighth-straight match and has reached the mark in nine of his last 10.
- Adam Gordon notched career-highs in both aces (5) and digs (11) during the five-set match. 

Game Notes
- Harvard out-blocked Princeton 12.5-7 and out-hit the Tigers .347-.336.
- The Crimson set a new season-high with 19 block assists on the night and tied its season high in total blocks with 12.5.
- With its 10 aces, Harvard set a new season-high. It was the most aces by a Harvard team since April 1, 2017, vs. Charleston (W.V.).

What's Next
Harvard is back in action tomorrow night (April 6) for its last road match of the 2019 season, at NJIT, beginning at 6 p.m.