Kyle Rehkemper (pictured) led all attackers with 16, but Harvard lost 3-1 to St. Francis (photo courtesy Harvard Athletic Communications).
LORETTO, Pa. – The Harvard men’s volleyball lost its first road match of the season, falling 3-1 at St. Francis (Pa.). Harvard drops to 6-2 overall.
The Crimson jumped out to an early 1-0 set lead after capturing the opening set 25-22. Harvard controlled the set from start to finish as St. Francis never led and only tied the score on three occasions. Harvard finished the first set with 10 kills, including four from Kyle Rehkemper. Matt Jones notched two service aces in the set, the second clinched the set for the Crimson.
St. Francis regrouped during the first break though and came out firing. The Red Flash slammed home 40 kills over the final three sets and had attack percentages of 50 and 45 percent in the final two sets.
Harvard built a 13-9 lead early in the second set before St. Francis stormed back behind solid attacking from Logan Patterson and Adam Roche. The Red Flash took the second set 25-19 to even the score, 1-1.
A John Skarupa service ace that followed two Skarupa kills gave St. Francis a 14-7 lead that it would not relinquish in the third set. Another Patterson kill sealed the set for the Red Storm, 25-19.
The fourth set was even early on with the score knotting at 12. Two Crimson attack errors and a Patterson service ace helped the Red Flash jump out to a 16-12 lead and force a Harvard timeout. The lead proved to be enough as St. Francis won its third straight set by a 25-19 score.
Rehkemper led all attackers with 16 kills, but three Red Flash attackers reached double-digits. Patterson finished the match with a team-high 14 kills.
Harvard is back in action tomorrow afternoon when it visits Juniata. The match is scheduled for 2 p.m.