|Previous School:||Elder HS|
As a sophomore (2012): All-Conference Carolinas Second Team…Played in 21 matches, including 20 starts…Second on the team in blocks (61) and blocks per set (0.79)…Third in kills (159), and kills per set (2.06)…Posted at least 10 kills on six occasions…Tallied eight kills and a .333 hitting percentage at Mount St. Joseph (Jan. 14)…Recorded 11 kills and four blocks against Limestone (Feb. 17)…Back-to-back 11-kill performances at King (Feb. 23) and Mount Olive (Mar. 3)…Season-high seven blocks against Sacred Heart (Mar. 6), while posting seven kills on 11 swings without an error…Tallied 10 kills, six blocks and a .444 hitting percentage against NJIT (Mar. 16)…Posted a season-high 17 kills against Mount Olive (Mar. 23), attacking at a .519 clip…Recorded 11 kills and a .400 hitting percentage against King (Apr. 4).
As a freshman (2011): Played in 25 matches, including 24 starts…Posted 138 kills, averaging 1.64 per set, to go along with a team-high 63 blocks…Recorded six or more kills on 11 occasions…Back-to-back nights with six kills on eight swings (.750 hitting percentage) against Lancaster Bible (Jan. 21) and City College of New York (Jan. 22)…Posted eight kills and a .615 hitting percentage against Carthage (Jan. 28)…Notched a campaign-best six blocks against Limestone (Feb. 16)…Season-high 12 kills on 16 swings (.750 hitting percentage) against No. 11 Penn State (Feb. 19)…Tallied 11 kills against Limestone (Mar. 14)…Season-high three service aces against Pfeiffer (Apr. 14).
High School: Graduated from Elder High School in Cincinnati, Ohio…Coached by Sean Tierney…Matthew was state champion in 2008 and 2010, co-captain, Elder MVP, Co-Gulf Coast League player of the year, first-team all-state…Posted the school’s single-season kills record in 2010 and finished his career second in blocks…Played club volleyball for Cincinnati Attack…Coached by Rick Kerkhoff.
Personal: Born on December 24, 1991 in Cincinnati, Ohio…Son of Joseph and Mary Harpenau…Has one brother, Jeff (17)…Majoring in Art and Design with a minor in business administration…Plans to play international volleyball and start a graphic design business with his brother Jeff after graduation…Matthew helped with landscaping at LMC, along with the building of a Frisbee Golf course…Dean’s List…Pinnacle Scholarship.
More about Matthew: Favorite book: “The Gunslinger” by Stephen King…Favorite midnight snack: Granola cereal…Favorite movie: “The Dark Knight Rises”…Favorite musical artist: Twenty One Pilots…Favorite song: “Levels” by Avicii…Favorite sports team: US Olympic men’s volleyball team…Favorite athlete: US Olympic volleyball players Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh-Jennings…Matthew can’t live a week without: Video games…Matthew’s most memorable moment in sports: Winning the 2010 state championship…Matthews’s advice to kids: “Never give up, always work hard and things will work out”…Favorite color: Orange…Favorite food: Sour Patch Kids…Favorite sport other than volleyball: Snowboarding…People Matthew most admires: His father…Best advice Matthew has ever been given: “Always follow your dreams”…The toughest player Matthew has ever played against: Mike Wauligman of Ohio State University…What people don’t know about Matthew: He long-boards and yo-yos…When Matthew was a kid, he tried to be like: His Former US Olympic men’s volleyball player Karch Kiraly…When people first meet Matthew, they think: “Wow, he is tall”.