FAIRFAX, Va. – The Harvard men's volleyball team (8-3, 2-1) delivered an upset to No. 13 George Mason (7-5, 2-1 EIVA) today, Feb. 15, defeating the Patriots 3-1. The Crimson earned the victory by set scores of 25-21, 26-24, 16-25 and 25-17.
Offensively, junior Griffin Schmit led Harvard in kills with 15, while sophomores Campbell Schoenfeld and Eric Li each totaled 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Three members of the Crimson earned a hitting percentage above .300, with sophomore Ryan Hong hitting a .500 clip, recording five kills on 10 attempts. Senior captain Matthew Ctvrtlik had 40 assists to lead the team.
At the service line, Schmit recorded the lone ace for Harvard in the match.
Defensively, senior captain Chase Howard had a team-high 12 digs, followed closely by Ctvrtlik who totaled 11. First-year Ethan McCrary recorded a career-high nine blocks, one solo and eight block assists. Ctvrtlik also had a career high in blocks, tallying six block assists.
- Schmit only recorded one attacking error in the match.
- Howard moves up to a tie for fourth in the NCAA with 2.58 digs per set.
- Ctvrtlik has posted 40 or more assists in six matches so far this season.
- This is Harvard's first win over a ranked opponent since a 3-2 victory over then-No. 15 George Mason during the 2017 season.
The Crimson returns home for matches against Saint Francis (Pa.) and No. 10 Penn State on Feb. 21 and 22, respectively. On Friday action will start at 7 p.m., while Sunday's match is set to begin at 4 p.m. Both matches will be broadcast on ESPN+.