The Crimson lost at No. 11 UC Santa Barbara, 3-0, on Friday night (Gil Talbot).
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – In its first of three matches on the west coast, the Harvard men's volleyball team fell in straight sets to No. 11 UC Santa Barbara, 25-16, 25-15, 25-22, on Friday night in the Thunderdome. The loss moved Harvard to 12-5 on the year, while USCB improved to 11-12.
Sophomore Caleb Zimmick led the Crimson with .417 hitting percentage, going 6-for-12 with one error, and Nick Madden paced the team with eight kills and 11 points. Kyle Rehkemper and DJ White registered match-highs with four blocks and 10 digs, respectively.
Harvard was unable to surmount early runs by the Gauchos in the first two sets and fell behind, 2-0, in the match. In the third, the Crimson fought point-for-point until going up 14-12 on a kill from Madden. Harvard extended its lead to three twice as the matched progressed, but the Gauchos drew even at 18-18. Three straight errors put the Crimson at a disadvantage late in the match and UCSB was able to hold on for the win, 25-22, to close out the match.
Harvard continues its west coast tour on Monday, March 18, against No. 12 Cal Baptist.