Men’s Volleyball Defeats Grand Canyon in Straight Sets in First Match of the Season

Matthew Ctvrtlik Action Shot
Photo Courtesy of Gil Talbot

HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Harvard men's volleyball team defeated Grand Canyon in three sets to earn its first win of the season. The Crimson (1-0, 0-0 EIVA) took down the Antelopes (0-1, 0-0 MPSF) in highly contested sets winning by scores of 25-18, 25-23 and 25-23.

Guiding Harvard on offensive was sophomore Campbell Schoenfeld who tallied a team-leading 14 kills on 28 attacks for .429 hitting percentage. First-year Ethan Smith totaled a .615 hitting percentage with eight kills on 13 attacks. Senior captain Matthew Ctvrtlik led the team in assists with 33.

Ctvrtlik posted two service aces against Grand Canyon while Schoenfeld and sophomore Eric Li each had one.

Defensively, senior captain Chase Howard recorded 11 digs in his first match since the 2018 season. Li and Smith came together for three block assists, while Ctvrtlik tallied one solo block.

Harvard Highlights

  • Going back to the 2019 season, Schoenfeld now has double-digit kills in his last 11 matches.
  • Four members of the Crimson recorded a hitting percentage above .300, while the team totaled a .344 clip.

Up Next
The Crimson is set to face No. 1 Hawai'i in its second match of the tournament on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 12 a.m. EST.