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Harvard drops West Coast finale to No. 1 Long Beach State

Photo courtesy Harvard Athletics
Photo courtesy Harvard Athletics

Courtesy Harvard Athletics

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Harvard men's volleyball closed out the Asics Invitational with a 3-0 loss to defending national champion No. 1 Long Beach State, Saturday. The sets ended with a score of 16-25, 18-25 and 22-25.

Offensively, the Crimson was led by first-year Campbell Schoenfeld, who hammered home eight kills throughout the match. Following Schoenfeld was sophomore Griffin Schmit, junior Erik Johnsson and senior Trevor Dow, who all registered five kills. Junior Matthew Ctvrtlikassisted on 17 of Harvard 25 kills on the evening.

Defensively, Harvard was led by Ctvrtlik and Dow, who recorded seven digs and three total blocks, respectively. An all-around defensive effort was needed as seven student-athletes registered digs.

Harvard Highlights
- Harvard outblocked Long Beach State 5-2.
- Junior Matthew Ctvrtlik led the Crimson in assists for the third-straight match to open the season. He is now third in the EIVA in assists per set (6.77).

Game Notes
- The Crimson set a season-high .302 hitting percentage.
- Four student-athletes recorded a hitting percentage above .300.

Next Up
The Crimson is back in Cambridge for a pair of home matches against Laval University on Wednesday, Jan. 9 and Thursday, Jan. 10. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+.