Harvard to open 2019 season on road against UC Santa Barbara

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[Editor’s note: Off the Block in collaboration with the EIVA is presenting The Top 15 EIVA Non-Conference Matches. This list spotlights the best non-conference matches scheduled for EIVA teams in 2019 and will be the first time several of these matches have been publicly announced. Harvard versus UC Santa Barbara is ranked No. 8 on the list.]

Harvard after concluding last season winning its first EIVA championship will open the 2019 season with a chance at another program first. Continue reading “Harvard to open 2019 season on road against UC Santa Barbara”

Harvard to play road match against Barton in 2019

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[Editor’s note: Off the Block in collaboration with the EIVA is presenting The Top 15 EIVA Non-Conference Matches. This list spotlights the best non-conference matches scheduled for EIVA teams in 2019 and will be the first time several of these matches have been publicly announced. Harvard versus Barton is ranked No. 15 on the list.]

The defending EIVA champions will travel south during the upcoming season to play the likely preseason favorite to win the ConfCarolinas. Continue reading “Harvard to play road match against Barton in 2019”

Harvard new recruiting class enters with high expectations

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The defending EIVA champs have bolstered its 2019 roster with multiple recruits who have earned state and national accolades.

Harvard recently announced that high school graduates Ryan Hong, Eric Li, Campbell Schoenfeld, Buddy Scott and Jason Shen have committed to play for the Crimson beginning next season. Continue reading “Harvard new recruiting class enters with high expectations”

Harvard exceeds expectations in gritty loss to UCLA

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Brenden Yu | Off the Block special contributor

The historical success of the two teams was lopsided entering the opening-round match — UCLA with 19 NCAA champions and Harvard making its NCAA Tournament debut.

While the night did end with UCLA advancing to the VolleyFour, the match itself was more competitive than expected, as the Crimson forced the Bruins to bounce-back from an opening-game loss to take the match 23-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-11 Tuesday night in the Pauley Pavilion. Continue reading “Harvard exceeds expectations in gritty loss to UCLA”

UCLA rebounds from early upset scare to beat Harvard

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UCLA coach John Speraw leading up the NCAA Tournament called his offense a work in progress that could initially struggle in its opening-round match because of the 10-day layoff since the conference tournament.

The Hall of Famer was onto something.

UCLA had to rally from an opening-game loss to defeat the EIVA champions Harvard 23-25, 25-21, 25-11, 25-21 on Tuesday in Los Angeles to advance to the VolleyFour. Continue reading “UCLA rebounds from early upset scare to beat Harvard”