COLUMBUS, Ohio (April 9, 2010) – The T-No. 11 Loyola University Chicago men’s volleyball team fell to No. 13 Ohio State, 3-0 (30-26, 32-30, 30-24) on Friday night (April 9) to earn its first conference loss of the season. The Ramblers (18-4 overall, 10-1 MIVA) combined for a .152 team hitting percentage, while the Buckeyes (17-7, 9-1) posted a .352 mark to earn the win.
Ohio State took an early 5-2 lead in the first set after three Loyola errors. A Mike Bunting service ace and a Mike Morice kill brought the Ramblers back to within one at 7-6, but OSU took three of the next four to extend its lead back to three at 10-7. Two Buckeye errors and a Morice ace helped LU take four in a row and jump in front at 11-10. The teams traded points until the Ramblers earned three straight points to re-take the lead at 18-16. The Buckeyes responded with a 7-1 run that put them ahead by four at 23-19. OSU remained in front for the rest of the set, taking three of the last four points to close out the set.
The teams swapped points to open the second set, with back-to-back Loyola errors giving Ohio State a 10-7 lead early on. The Ramblers then ripped off a 5-1 run to come within one at 14-13. Both sides went virtually point-for-point for the next several series, with four Dewaele kills helping the visitors keep pace. Two OSU errors allowed Loyola to take the lead at 25-24. Back-and-forth play then ensued, with a Morice kill and a Berzins ace helping the Ramblers hold off the Buckeyes’ set point twice. The teams were tied at 30 apiece before back-to-back kills from Shawn Sangrey gave OSU the second set and a 2-0 lead.
The Ramblers stumbled out of the gates in the third set, as the Buckeyes opened the frame on a 7-2 run. LU started to slowly regain ground on OSU, cutting the hosts’ lead to four at 12-8. The Buckeyes then ripped off a 7-2 run to move in front by 10 at 19-9. Kills from Morice and Matt Adler would bring the Ramblers slightly closer, but OSU kept the lead for the rest of the set. The Ramblers took four of the last five points, but it would get them no closer than five points from the hosts.
Dewaele finished with 13 kills to lead Loyola’s offensive attack, while Berzins chipped in 10 in the loss. Sangrey turned in a 17-kill effort to lead the Buckeyes.
The Ramblers will look to rebound in their regular-season finale next weekend at No. 15 Ball State. LU will travel to take on the Cardinals on Saturday (April 17), with the match beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT.