Lewis 3, UC Santa Barbara 1
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The 10th ranked Lewis University men's volleyball team picked up another win over ranked foe defeating 15th ranked University of California Santa Barbara 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-23) on Saturday afternoon at Neil Carey Arena. Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) led three Flyers (5-3) in double figures with 15 kills.
The opening set went back-and-forth with seven ties and two lead changes. The Gauchos (3-3) built a 19-14 lead late in the set but Lewis responded with a 7-2 run to even the frame at 21-all on a block from Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) and Julian Moses (Atlanta, GA/Atlanta International School). After a UCSB timeout, the Gauchos scored three of the next four points to reach set point first on Keenan Sanders eighth kill of the set. Mitch Perinar (Channahon, IL/Minooka) kept the Flyers alive on a kill as Connor Drake was called for being in the net but Sanders ended the frame on the next point with his ninth kill.
Lewis raced out to a 10-3 lead to begin the second set but the Gauchos were able to climb back into the set with a 14-9 run to cut the Flyer lead to 19-17. Lewis responded to the run finishing the set by scoring six of the last 10 points to even the match at a set apiece. Coenen led the Flyers with five kills in the stanza while TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington) added three.
The third set was very similar to the first set with 10 ties and two lead changes. Lewis led by three early only to see UCSB come back to tie the set. Lewis finished the frame on a 7-1 run to win the stanza 25-19. Coenen had a kill and two services in the decisive run while Murray added a kill. The Flyers only hit .250 in the frame but held the Gauchos to a .161 hitting percentage.
Lewis raced out to a 5-1 lead in the fourth set but UCSB rallied to cut the deficit to 13-12 after a kill from Sanders. The Flyers though never relinquished the lead and stretched it out to 24-20 on a kill from Dalen Instenes (Racine, WI/William Horlick). The Gauchos mounted one more charge scoring three straight points but Coenen ended the match with a kill to give Lewis the 25-23 win.
The Flyers finished the match with .283 hitting percentage (49 kills, 17 errors, 113 total attacks). Joining Coenen in double figures was Perinar with 12 kills and Murray added 10 kills. Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) handed out 46 assists and also had a match high 14 digs.
Sanders led all players with 24 kills while Corey Chavers added nine kills. Casey McGarry dished out 41 assists while Grady Yould led the way with 10 digs. UCSB ended the match with an attack percentage of .191 (48 kills, 23 errors, 131 chances).
Lewis continues its nine match homestand on Friday when it welcomes 13th ranked USC to Neil Carey Arena for its White Out match.
Loyola 3, CSUN 1
No. 7 Loyola University Chicago (6-2) hit a season-high .436 (56-12-101) for the match as it won for the fourth straight contest, defeating No. 9 CSUN (5-3), 26-24, 25-16, 22-25, 25-17 this afternoon at Gentile Arena. The Ramblers have knocked off four nationally ranked foes this season, including a pair of top 10 teams.
How It Happened
Loyola pushed its lead to 16-13 on a Jeff Jendryk service ace in set one before CSUN rallied, tallying three unanswered points to knot the score. From there, the contest was back-and-forth until Collin Mahan hammered home one of his team-high 19 kills and Garrett Zolg served an ace to provide the Ramblers with a thrilling 26-24 victory. Both teams came out of the gates quickly and were incredibly efficient in set one as Loyola hit .636 (17-3-22), to CSUN's .619 (14-1-21), while Mahan drilled seven of his kills in the opening set alone.
The Ramblers wasted little time taking a comfortable lead in set two, scoring the first four points, and six of the first seven, including three more kills from Mahan, to dart out to a 6-1 advantage. That lead grew to as many as 12 points on a pair of occasions, the first coming on a Ricky Gevis kill that made it 20-8, and Loyola would roll to a 25-16 victory.
CSUN stayed alive in the match thanks to a 25-22 win in the third set. The Matadors snapped a 19-all tie by stringing together a 4-1 run, highlighted by a pair of Dimitar Kalchev kills, to grab a 23-20 lead they would not surrender.
Set four was nearly a repeat of the second set as Loyola got a pair of aces from Devin Joslyn and kills from Mahan and Jendryk, as part of a set-opening 6-1 run that stunned CSUN. The Matadors would eventually trim the Ramblers' lead down to two, but Joslyn delivered a pair of kills in a mini 3-1 spurt that extended the Loyola advantage to 10-6. From that point forward, CSUN would get no closer than three points and the Ramblers would lead by as many as nine (22-13) on their way to a 25-17 decision.
A Look At The Numbers
Mahan pounded out 19 kills and added six digs, hitting .394 (19-6-33), as he reached double-digit kills for the ninth straight match dating back to last season.
Gevis continued his impressive play this weekend by crushing 16 kills, his most since February 14, 2016, hitting at a .519 clip (16-2-27), and pitching in five blocks and three digs.
Jendryk was efficient again, totaling 12 kills, two blocks and an ace, while hitting .647 (12-1-17).
Arvis Greene led CSUN with a match-high 20 kills.
Loyola continues its nine-match homestand when hosts No. 13 USC on February 3 at 7 p.m.
Pepperdine 3, Ball State 1
FAIRFAX, Va. – The Ball State men's volleyball team traveled to Fairfax, Va. Saturday evening to compete in the Uvaldo Acosta Invitational. The Cardinals' first test in the invite was No. 12 Pepperdine. Ball State was unable to take down the West Coast powerhouse and fell, 3-1.
The Cardinals racked up 45 kills with 41 assists in the four sets of play. Ball State was posted 24 digs, 17 total blocks and five service aces. Blake Reardon and Matt Walsh led the way for the 14th ranked Cardinals with 13 kills apiece. Matt Szews knocked down eight kills along with Ben Chinnici's seven. Courtland Scharenborg led the way in assists with 39. Defensively, Adam Wessel had a team high seven digs while Walsh had six blocks.
The opening set saw seven ties and three lead changes before a Scharenborg kill secured the 25-20 Ball State victory. The Cardinals had 13 total kills and hit 50 percent in set one. Walsh was a perfect 4-for-4 in kills, leading the set. Chinnici and Reardon each had three kills with Szews adding one. Szews was also able to make a statement with two service aces. As a team, Ball State was able to tally 3.0 total team blocks.
Set two started off on an attack error by the Cardinals and went on to see five tied scores and two lead changes. Ball State struggled in this set, only knocking down nine kills and hitting .115 percent. Szews was able to hit four of those kills while Reardon and Chinnici each had two. Reardon and Chinnici were also able to each add one block assist. Walsh had one block assist along with the only solo block in the set.
The hardships continued into set three where Pepperdine was able to score the first three points of the set. The Cardinals were down by as many as six in the third set, but were able to claw their way back within one. However, Ball State's fight was not enough to pick up the win and they fell, 25-23.Walsh had six kills and hit for .714 in the set. Walsh, Chinnici and Scharenborg were all able to tally blocks in set three.
The Waves were able to come out and score the first three points of the final set as well before a Walsh kill put the score 3-1. As the set continued so did the hitting struggles for the Cardinals, with two athletes hitting in the negatives. Ball State finished the set with eight kills, three digs and 1.5 total team blocks.
Ball State falls to 1-8 all-time against Pepperdine, last beating them in March 1997 at a neutral site (3-1).
The Ball State men's volleyball team (4-3) will continue play at the Uvaldo Acosta Invitational tomorrow, Jan. 28 in Fairfax. The Cardinals will take on host George Mason at 5 p.m.
Quincy 3, Campbellsville 0
Clarke 3, Quincy 2
The Quincy University men's volleyball team split its game against Campbellsville University and Clarke University Saturday (Jan. 27).
The Hawks defeated the Tigers 3-0 before falling to Clarke 3-2.
QU was in complete control in the first match of the day.
The Hawks jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first set. The Hawks extended their lead to 21-13 late in the first set. Despite a late comeback by Campbellsville the Hawks held on for a 25-18 set win.
QU continued its strong play in the second set. The Hawks won the second set 25-12. QU held Campbellsville to a negative hitting percentage in both the first and the second set.
The Hawks continued to improve its play in the third set. QU finished the set with 13 kills and hit .391. QU forced the Tigers into 9 attack errors in the third set. QU took the third set 25-21.
This improved the Hawks to 5-2 on the year.
QU and Clarke were locked in a tight battle in the final match of the day.
The Hawks dropped the first set 26-24. QU held a 24-23 lead late in the set but Clarke was able to take the final three points of the set to take the opening set.
QU responded by winning the second set 25-17.
The back and forth battle between QU and Clarke continued in the third set. Clarke trailed 18-15 in the third set before going on a 6-0 run to take a 21-18 lead. Clarke won the third set 25-21.
Just as in the second set, the Hawks responded. QU took advantage of seven attack errors and won the set 25-17.
The Hawks had a chance to take the match with a 23-22 lead. Clarke took the final three points to win the set and the match.
QU fell to 5-3 on the year.