|High School:||Elder HS|
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.
Personal: Born on Dec. 24, 1991 in Cincinnati, Ohio…Son of Joseph and Mary Harpenau…Has one brother, Jeffery…Played club volleyball for Cincinnati Attack, coached by Rick Kerkhoff…Plans to play international volleyball…Matthew helped with landscaping at LMC, along with the building of a Frisbee Golf course. Made the Dean’s List at Lees-McRae and was awarded the Pinnacle Scholarship.
More about Matthew: Favorite book: “Hunt for the Red October”…Favorite midnight snack: Sour Patch Kids…Favorite movie: “Terrible Bosses”…Favorite musical artist: Matt and Kim…Favorite song: “Good for Great”, by Matt and Kim…Favorite sports team: Elder High School Panthers…Favorite athlete: Phil Dalhausser of the U.S. National team…Matthew can’t live a week without: Using his Yo-Yo…Matthew’s most memorable moment in sports: Beating Ball State University…Matthews’s advice to kids: “Never give up”…Favorite color: Orange…Favorite food: Pizza…Favorite sport other than volleyball: Baseball…People Matthew most admires: His parents…Best advice Matthew has ever been given: “Never give up”…The toughest player Matthew has ever played against: John Seaton of the Elder High School Panthers…What people don’t know about Matthew: He snowboards and long-boards…When Matthew was a kid, he tried to be like: His dad…When people first meet Matthew, they think: He is tall.