IRVINE, Calif. – The Harvard men's volleyball team fell in straight sets to Concordia (CA) University, 25-23, 25-18, 25-23, on Tuesday night in CU Arena. The loss moved the Crimson to 12-7 on the year and bumped the Eagles to 17-5.
DJ White delivered a match-high 13 kills and a team-leading .400 hitting percentage, his seventh match of the season with 10 or more kills. Nick Madden was second among all players with 11 kills on a .400 hitting percentage. Rob Lothman topped the squad with 27 assists, while Caleb Zimmick added a team-best 2.5 blocks and six kills on .400 hitting.
Madden (.625) and White (.444) opened the match with excellent offensive production and a team-leading five kills each in the first set. The duo charged the squad as it opened the frame battling back-and-forth to eight all. Concordia jumped on an ace and pair of errors to take a three-point lead that it held until the match progressed to 21-18. The Crimson narrowed the deficit to one on three occasions, but despite outhitting the Eagles, .379 to .300, fell in the first, 25-23.
Harvard succumbed to a .462 hitting performance by Concordia in the second set. The Crimson held a lead at 10-8, but the Eagles put together a 9-1 run to take control of the frame, 17-11. Branden Clemens, Madden and White registered kills for Harvard as it tried to fight back, but the margin proved too great and Concordia claimed a two-set advantage, 25-18.
The Crimson found itself down early once again in the third, but relied on offense from Zimmick and Clemens to even things at 12-12. As Concordia tried to pull away, 19-14, successful attacks by Madden, White and Zimmick kept Harvard alive, 21-19. Errors by the Eagles gave the Crimson life, but the match was sealed, 25-23, by Mark Metrakos's 11th kill of the night.
The Crimson does not compete again until Saturday, March 30, when it hosts Erskine at 1 p.m.