Kyle Rehkemper had 10 kills for the Crimson against Pepperdine (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
MALIBU, Calif. - The Harvard men’s volleyball team was defeated Tuesday evening by No. 13 Pepperdine, 3-0. The loss drops the Crimson to 7-7 overall this season.
Harvard’s second match of its California spring break trip came down to the team’s attack percentages. The Waves averaged a 46 percent attack percentage, while Harvard only managed 10.3 percent.
Pepperdine opened the match attacking at a 52.4 percent clip, leading to 13 kills. The Crimson notched nine kills of its own, but dropped the set 25-14. In the second set, the Waves attacking dropped to 29.3 percent, yet the Crimson could not capitalize as its own attack percentage dropped to 2.6 percent. Pepperdine took the set 25-13 behind 17 kills. The Waves tallied 18 kills, while attacking at a 68 percent rate, and took the third and deciding set, 25-15.
Pepperdine’s Cory Riecks led all players with 13 kills. Freshman Kyle Rehkemper led the Crimson with 10 kills. Harvard will wrap up its west coast swing with a matchup against No. 1 Southern California Wednesday evening.