Grand Canyon falls to No. 12 Loyola

Grand Canyon falls to No. 12 Loyola



Grand Canyon was able to get a game, but not the match against the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Conference leader Loyola-Chicago, ranked No. 12 in the nation, at Antelope Gymnasium Thursday.

GCU (14-22. 1-8) lost by set scores of 30-23, 30-23, 23-30, 30-24.

Freshman middle hitter Chris Lockwood (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood) had 14 kills, a .550 attack percentage, one solo block and two block assists. Sophomore outside hitter Brock Hutchins (Gilbert, Ariz./Highland/Hawai'i) had 13 kills, two service aces, one solo block and three block assists.

Freshman setter Brad Moore (Orange, Calif./Lutheran) had 51 assists and five digs. Sophomore outside hitter Taylor Griffin (Tucson, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge) had a match-high 15 digs. Freshman libero Trent Bruns (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) had nine digs. Freshman middle hitter Connor Dougherty (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) had eight kills, a .375 attack percentage and two service aces.

After dropping the first two sets, GCU hit .467 in the third set.

With the game tied 19-19, GCU scored 11 of the final 15 points. A Hutchins kill broke the tie and a Hutchins, Dougherty, Tyler Capko (Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde) block gave the Antelopes a two-point lead. Lockwood followed with a service ace and after a Rambler point. GCU scored the next five. Hutchins had a kill and a pair of service aces and Capko and Griffin each had kills for a 27-20 advantage.

Griffin, Hutchins and Lockwood each had kills to round out the scoring.

In the fourth, GCU rallied from a 20-16 deficit to cut it to one on kills from Capko and Lockwood and a Loyola attack error. The Ramblers were able to score eight of the final 11 points.