Grand Canyon drop 3-0 match to No. 12 Loyola

Grand Canyon drop 3-0 match to No. 12 Loyola

Grand Canyon dropped a three-set match to Loyola-Chicago 30-22, 30-21, 30-28 at Antelope Gymnasium Friday.

It was the second straight night GCU lost to the nation's No. 12 team and leader of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.

Grand Canyon (14-23, 1-9) rallied from a late six-point, third-set deficit to tie the game, but was unable to force a fourth game, like it did Thursday.

Down 22-16, the Antelopes took advantage of a pair of Rambler attack errors, then freshman Chris Lockwood (Lakewood, Calif./Lakewood) served up two aces to cut it to 22-20.

Trailing 26-23, another Loyola attack error was followed by a Lockwood, Brock Hutchins (Gilbert, Ariz./Highland/Hawai'i) block and after frosh Tyler Capko (Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde) had a successful attack, GCU had tied the game 26-26. Loyola went up 28-26, but GCU tied it again on two more Loyola errors.

Lockwood had nine kills, a .615 average, two service aces and four digs. Hutchins and frosh Connor Dougherty (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) each had six kills. Dougherty added one solo block and four more assists. Frosh setter Brad Moore (Orange, Calif./Lutheran) had 24 assists, six digs and four block assists. Frosh libero Trent Bruns (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) had six digs and four set assists. Capko added six digs.

GCU finishes its regular season April 16-17 at Lewis.