PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 1, 2010) – Domenic Dewaele posted a match-high 24 kills to lead the 12th-ranked Loyola University Chicago men’s volleyball team past Grand Canyon, 3-1 (30-23, 30-23, 23-30, 30-24), on Thursday night (April 1) in Phoenix, Ariz. The Ramblers move to 17-3 overall and 9-0 in the MIVA, while the Antelopes fall to 14-22 overall and 1-8 in conference play.
The teams swapped points to open the match, with a three-point Loyola swing giving the Ramblers a 13-9 lead early on in the first set. LU kept a slight lead for the next several series before Grand Canyon narrowed it to two points at 19-17. Loyola then followed with kills from Dewaele and Mike Bunting to push its lead back to four at 21-17. The Antelopes came within three at 24-21, but the Ramblers ended the set on a 6-2 run to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the match.
LU took a quick 5-2 lead to begin the second set, but the Antelopes took six of the next nine points to tie the score at eight early on. The Ramblers then earned the next five points to move the score to 13-8, eventually pushing their lead to seven at 18-11. Loyola remained in front for the rest of the set, holding off a four-point Grand Canyon swing late in the frame to take the set and a 2-0 lead.
Four early kills gave the Antelopes a 6-3 lead to open the third set, but back-to-back kills by Matt Adler helped the Ramblers tie it up at seven. The teams traded points before two Loyola errors gave GCU the
15-13 lead. The Antelopes held a slight lead until a kill and a service ace by Mike Hutz allowed LU to tie the score again at 18. The hosts ripped off a 9-2 run to take a 28-21 lead, closing the set a few points later to force a fourth set.
An ace and a kill from George Kamberos helped Loyola jump out to a 3-1 lead to open the fourth set, with the teams swapping several points after GCU tied it up at four. The Antelopes took a two-point lead at 12-10, but kills from Dewaele and Steve Thompson tied the score at 13.
The Ramblers then took the lead with a 4-1 run and never looked back, using a late 6-2 run to end the set and the match.
Tommy Becker led Loyola’s defensive effort with 14 digs, while Kris Berzins chipped in 10 kills in the win.
The Ramblers take on the Antelopes again tomorrow night (April 2) at 9 p.m. CT.