Volleyball Drops EIVA Opener 3-0 To Harvard

Volleyball Drops EIVA Opener 3-0 To Harvard

The Sacred Heart men's volleyball team was defeated by the Harvard Crimson 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-14) on Saturday night at the William H. Pitt Center. The match was the opening match of EIVA play for both squads.

Records:

Harvard 1-2; 1-0 EIVA

SHU 0-4; 0-1 EIVA

Set 1: Harvard 25-14

  • Harvard opened the set on a 4-0 run after a pair of kills by Jack Heavey, a block by Matthew Ctvrtlik, and a SHU attack error
  • SHU battled right back with a 6-2 run of its own, capped by an Emerson Waumans kill, tying the set 6-6
  • The teams fought back and forth for the next couple of serves, with the last tie of the set coming at 8-8
  • A Pioneer service error began an 8-3 Harvard run that forced a timeout by SHU trailing 16-11
  • The Crimson run continued after the timeout, extending to 21-13 as the Crimson sealed the win, 25-13, on a Trevor Dow kill

Set 2: Harvard 25-20

  • The teams traded the first six points before a Noah Ricchetti kill gave SHU a 6-4 lead, a margin they maintained through a 7-5 lead
  • A Marko Kostich started a 3-0 Harvard run, giving the Crimson their first lead, 8-7, which Tyler Bloomquist quickly erased with a kill of his own for an 8-8 tie
  • The next four points were alternated, and SHU tied the match, 10-10, on a Riley Moore service error
  • The Crimson scored the next three points, taking a 13-10 edge, a run that SHU answered with three of their own, knotting the score for the final time, 13-13
  • Harvard scored back-to-back points to take the lead for good, ending the match on a 12-7 run

Set 3: Harvard 25-14

  • Noah Ricchetti opened the third set with a service ace, giving SHU a 1-0 advantage, the only lead of the set
  • The teams alternated points through a 4-4 tie, a point earned for SHU with a Robert Costigan kill
  • A kill from Matthew Ctvrtlik started a 4-0 Harvard run, to build a 8-4 Crimson advantage
  • The Pioneers stopped the run with a RIcchetti kill, but could get no closer, as Harvard extended its run to 12-3, for a 16-7 advantage on its way to its largest lead of the match, 21-10

Key Stats and Notes:

  • Erik Johnsson led Harvard with 10 kills as he hit .471 in the match
  • Harvard hit .324 as a team, thanks in part to 30 assists, 16 from Kostich and 13 from Ctvrtlik
  • Emerson Waumans and Bloomquist each had four kills for SHU
  • Ricchetti led SHU with nine assists and had three digs
  • Harvard finished with 10.5 blocks, including two solo blocks from Kostich
  • Joshua Ayzenberg finished with five digs for SHU

Next Game:

The Pioneers are back in action on Friday, February 2 as they host Belmont Abbey at the Pitt Center at 7 p.m.