CHICAGO - Junior Teddy Adamczyk made his first start of the season and paced the Ramblers with a career-high 14 kills and seven digs, as the No. 11 Loyola men's volleyball team cruised to a 3-1 win over NJIT on Saturday evening in Chicago.
Loyola is now 15-5 (5-1) in 2011 and have won eight straight matches in the friendly confines of Alumni Gym. NJIT falls for the second straight night and drops to 5-15 (0-3) in 2011.
Giving his starters a rest for the evening, head coach Shane Davis went to the bench and put a younger starting lineup on the floor against the Highlanders.
Loyola moved out to an early 4-1 lead in the first frame after picking up kills from Adamczyk, Danny Podkowa and Domenic Dawaele. With NJIT struggling to find its rhythm, the home team increased its lead to nine at 20-11, while gaining momentum along the way. At 24-15, the Ramblers sat back and earned a NJIT service error to take the opening set, 25-15.
In the second frame, the Highlanders attacked from its middle and caught Loyola off-guard throughout the set. NJIT jumped ahead 10-5, then gained the lead to 19-13 a short time later. Despite a late Rambler run, Highlander Adam Gustafson powered two kills to finish the frame strong, leading to a NJIT win, 25-18.
In the final two frames, the Ramblers returned to its outside game, and shifted the momentum back in its favor.
After Loyola won the third set 25-20, the two teams traded points and offered seven lead changes in the fourth frame up to 11-11. With Loyola holding serve, Kyle Exline led a 7-1 run with six assists to widen the gap to seven at 18-12. The Highlanders only managed two more points the rest of the way, as the Ramblers continued to feed the outside and closed the match with a pair of kills to win, 25-14.
Adamczyk's 14 kills led the Rambler offense, while Dewaele and Brendan Styler each earned nine kills. Setter Matt Mirick subbed in and played well for Loyola with 24 assists. Exline started the match and finished with 19 dimes.
The Ramblers will return to conference play when the compete in an important road match this Tuesday, March 22 against No. 12 Lewis in Romeoville, Ill. Match time is set for 7:00 p.m. CST.