2/3 - Saturday Recap

2/3 - Saturday Recap

Loyola 3, USC 1
In Short
Four players tallied 10 or more kills to lead No. 7 Loyola University Chicago (7-2) to its fifth straight win with a 20-25, 25-21, 25-14, 31-29 victory over No. 13 USC (3-7) tonight at Gentile Arena. The Ramblers have now collected five wins over nationally ranked opponents this season.

How It Happened
Loyola fell behind by five three times in the first set before storming back with five unanswered points to knot the score at 12. From there, the set was a see-saw battle with neither team leading more than two points until USC tallied three straight points off Loyola errors to grab a 23-20 lead it would never relinquish on the way to a 25-20 victory.

The Ramblers fell behind by as many as three points in set two, but once again mounted a comeback to get back into the contest. Loyola used a 7-2 run, capped by a Collin Mahan service ace, to erase a three-point deficit and claim a 16-14 lead. The Trojans roared back and tied things at 17, before a service errors put the Ramblers ahead to stay, and Loyola closed out the set on Will Tischler's kill for a 25-21 decision.

Loyola separated itself in set three thanks to a decisive 10-2 spurt that turned a two-point lead into a comfortable 18-8 advantage as it cruised to a 25-14 victory.

With USC holding a 24-22 lead in the fourth set, Loyola charged back, cutting the deficit in half on a Paul Narup kill before a USC error knotted the score at 24. Back and forth the teams went until a kill from Jeff Jendryk gave the Ramblers the lead for good, at 30-29, and the Trojans hit one long to provide match point as Loyola completed the come-from-behind victory.

A Look At The Numbers
- Mahan tallied 13 kills to lead the way for Loyola, which hit .286 on the night.
- He received backing from Tischler, who added a season-best 12 kills, while Narup and Ricky Gevis added 10 stops apiece.
- Freshman setter Garrett Zolg dished out 46 assists and added nine digs.
- USC's Jack Wyett lead all players with 16 kills on the night.

Lindenwood 3, Lincoln Memorial 0
Lincoln Memorial 0, Lindenwood 3 (25-22, 25-19, 25-20)
Saturday, Feb. 3 | St. Charles, Mo. (Hyland Arena)

Lindenwood men's volleyball swept Lincoln Memorial at Hyland Arena for the program's sixth win this season. Just nine matches into the season, the Lions have surpassed the win total from each of the last two seasons. The Lions are now 6-3 overall.

- Setter Adam Brewster compiled 32 assists in the three set match.
- Michael Jennings continued to impress, leading the Lions with 12 kills.
- Connor Hipelius hit .583 in the match, leading all hitters. He also had eight kills.
- As a team, Lindenwood hit .329 while holding Lincoln Memorial to a .110 hitting percentage.
- Sam Schindler led the Lions with five blocks.
- Libero Ryan Vorderer led the match with 10 digs.

Quincy 3, Judson 0
QUINCY, Ill. - The Quincy University men's volleyball team defeated the Judson Eagles 3-0 Saturday afternoon (Feb. 3). The Hawks defeated the Eagles 25-13, 25-21, 25-16.

The Hawks immediately took control of the match, grabbing a 12-6 lead in the first set. The Hawks pushed their lead to 23-11 and held complete control in the first set. The Hawks won the opening set 25-13.

QU continued its strong play in the second set, jumping out to a 6-2 lead. Judson was able to take the lead 11-8 midway through the second set. The Hawks trailed 14-11. QU scored eight of the next ten points to take an 18-15 lead.

The Eagles trimmed the Hawks lead to 19-18 in the second set. QU went on a 5-0 run to take a 24-18 lead. The Hawks would take the second set 25-21.

In the third set, the QU offense gave the Hawks a 15-8 lead. The Hawks held this comfortable lead for the remainder of the set and took the third set 25-16.

The Hawks were led by Brady Loos, who finished the match with 12 kills. Zach Reider finished with 11 kills in the match. Noah Randall tallied 35 assists in the match.

QU won its third straight match to improve to 8-3 on the year. The Hawks are back in action on February 9th against Loyola University-Chicago in Chicago, IL

Penn State 3, Fort Wayne 1
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The No. 15 Fort Wayne men's volleyball team fell in four sets (30-28, 19-25, 29-27, 25-15) to the No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday (Feb. 3) in Rec Hall.

The Mastodons and Nittany Lions went toe-to-toe in the first set, as the 'Dons opened up an 11-6 lead before a Penn State timeout. PSU went on a four-point run to bring it within one, and the rest of the set went back and forth. Penn State would not have a lead larger than two for the rest of the set. The Mastodons had three set point opportunities, but could not capitalize, and PSU had two kills in a row to end the set. Pelegrin Vargas had eight kills in the first set.

Fort Wayne went up five at 15-10 in the second set after a four-point run that included back-to-back service aces from Colton Stone. The lead ballooned to as many as eight when the Mastodons led 23-15. Fort Wayne hit .409 for the set, while holding the Nittany Lions to .222, their worst hitting set of the afternoon.

The entire third set was close, as neither team led by more than three points. The 'Dons had three set points, but the Nittany Lions ended the set on a kill and service ace. Stone had six kills on 11 attempts in the set.

The 'Dons were held to .077 in the final set of the night, and Penn State rattled off six straight points to open up a 20-11 lead. Fort Wayne could not overcome this deficit, and dropped the match in front of a standing-room-only crowd.

Michael Keegan ended the night with another double-double (40 assists, 11 digs), which is his second in a row. He had four double-doubles in a row last season, which tied the longest streak in program history. Kolbie Knorr added eight digs for the 'Dons. Stone led the Fort Wayne with 14 kills, followed by Vargas with 13 and Tony Price with nine. Tomas Gago tied his career-high with eight kills on 11 attempts with no errors for a .727 percentage. Four Mastodons had at least three blocks. Gago had four assists and a solo, Vargas and Keegan had four block assists and Diedrich had three.

This was the Mastodons' first loss of the season, and they fall to 8-1 as they head into MIVA competition. Penn State improves to 5-2. The Mastodons hit the road again on Tuesday for a match on Wednesday at McKendree. The 'Dons do not return home until Feb. 16, when they host Loyola.

Ball State 3, Saint Francis 1
LORETTO, Pa. – The Ball State men's volleyball team was able to secure its first road victory of the 2018 season with a 3-1 (26-24, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19) win against Saint Francis. This marks the 15thtime the Cardinals have taken down the Red Flash, leading the all-time series.

As a team, the Cardinals were able to total 48 kills on 134 attempts. Ball State was able to pick up the win despite only hitting for .172. The team finished the match with 56 digs, three solo blocks and 18 block assists.

Blake Reardon led Ball State with15 kills along with nine digs, just falling short of his first double-double of the season. Reardon also had two service aces along with one from Jake Romano and one from Matt Walsh. Walsh was also able to knock down nine kills. Romano had a match high 39 assists. Mitch Weilertallied seven kills plus 12 digs. Ben Chinnci contributed eight kills and three digs. Defensively, Anthony Lebryk led the team with six blocks. Nick LaVanchy led the way with 14 digs.

In the opening set, the Red Flash led by as much as five before the Cardinals were able to fight their way back. Ball State was able to take set number one with a final score of, 26-24, thanks to a Saint Francis attack error. The Cardinals had 14 kills in set one.

Set two saw 10 Cardinal kills along with 10 attack errors. Reardon let the set with three kills while Weiler, Walsh, Romano, Lebryk and Szews were each able to tally one. Ball State was able to hold Saint Francis to only a .030 hitting percentage, but the Red Flash still took the set, 25-21.

Reardon was able to knock down a set-high five kills in the third set. Weiler and Ben Chinnici had three kills in the set while Walsh and Romano had one apiece. Reardon had one block and Lebryk and Romano each tallied two. Walsh had the team's lone service ace in the set, which set the Cardinals up for set point. Ball State then took the set on a Red Flash setting error, 25-19.

Ball State had 12 total kills in the fourth set with the Red Flash only knocking down nine. Weiler, Reardon and Walsh were each able to post two kills in the final set. Reardon and Romano were the two Cardinals with service aces. Chinnici led the team in kills with five, including the set and match winning point. Ball State took set four, 25-19.

The Ball State men's volleyball team now moves to 5-5 on the season. The Cardinals will begin conference action next week with trips to Ohio State and McKendree.

Ohio State 3, George Mason 0
FAIRFAX, Va. - The No. 5 Ohio State University men's volleyball team (7-2) concluded the weekend by topping George Mason (3-6) in straight sets (25-16, 26-24, 25-18). Jake Hanes was the hammer, drilling home 14 kills at a .458 attacking rate. He also added in three points from the service stripe, alongside four service aces for Nicolas Szerszen.

Grand Canyon 3, McKendree 1
Despite taking the opening set of the match, the McKendree University men's volleyball program lost their home opener to the #10 Grand Canyon University Antelopes in a non-conference contest on Saturday Evening. With the loss, the Bearcats fall to 3-5 overall on the season, while the Antelopes improve to 10-2.

Freshman outside hitter Patrick Ross led the Bearcats in kills, collecting 14, and averaged 3.5 points per set. Red-shirt senior middle Brendan Schmidt (O'Fallon, MO/Fort Zumwalt West) and Nolan Rueter combined for 19 total kills in the losing effort. Junior libero Zach Thompson had a team best 8 digs, while junior setter Pasquale Fiduccia recorded 42 assists.

The Bearcats scored three straight points in the middle of the first set to open an 18-13 advantage on the Antelopes. They led by as many as eight points during the first set, which they won by a score of 25-17, with seven players contributing kills.

McKendree was unable to carry that momentum into the rest of the match, as the Antelopes controlled play the rest of the way, taking the next three sets by a combined 22 points. Grand Canyon was led on offense by Cullen Mosher and Luke Turner, who had 15 and 14 kills respectively in the match.

The Bearcats will continue their 2018 schedule this Wednesday, as they resume Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) play against the #15 Fort Wayne Mastodons at home.