Men’s Volleyball Hands Sacred Heart Its First Loss of the Season

Eric Li Action Shot
Photo Courtesy of Gil Talbot

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – In its first EIVA contest of the season, the Harvard men's volleyball team took down the Sacred Heart Pioneers to move 4-2 (1-0 EIVA) on the season.

It was a hard-fought match with the Crimson winning the first set 28-26 before dropping the second set. Harvard went on to take the third and fourth sets by scores of 25-23 and 25-18, respectively.

Offensively, sophomores Campbell Schoenfeld and Eric Li led the Crimson in kills with 16 and 15 kills, respectively. First-year Ethan McCrary posted a .364 hitting percentage with four kills on 11 attacks. Senior captain Matthew Ctvrtlik once again led the Crimson in assists with 46.

At the service line, Ctvrtlik tallied a career-high four aces, while junior Adam Gordon had two and first-year Ethan Smith recorded one.

Defensively, senior captain Chase Howard totaled 18 digs to lead the team. Smith totaled a career-high eight block assists and McCrary recorded three total blocks, two solo and one block assist.

Harvard Highlights

  • McCrary has posted a hitting percentage above .300 in the last four matches and has only one recorded error in the last three.
  • Li totaled a career-high in digs with 11.
  • Harvard now holds a 4-2 record, the best start to the season since 2013.

Up Next
The Crimson will have its home opener on Sunday, Feb. 2 in the first ever matchup against St. Francis Brooklyn. The match is set to start at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.