Ricky Gevis recorded a season-high tying 16 kills as No. 7 Loyola University Chicago rolled to a 25-17, 25-19, 25-10 victory over No. 6 Lewis this evening inside Gentile Arena. The victory improves the Ramblers' overall record to 13-3 and puts Loyola atop the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) standings at 6-1 in league play.
How It Happened
With Lewis out to an early 4-3 lead in set one, a Jeff Jendryk kill sparked a 5-0 Rambler run that was punctuated by Colin Mahan's spike, sending Loyola in front, 8-4. The visitors battled back to chip the margin down to two, 11-9, but Loyola answered back with another spurt, stretching the lead to 19-11 on another Jendryk kill en route to cruising to a 25-17 win.
Loyola struggled to gain a foothold in the second set until back-to-back kills from Gevis and Ryan Jamison gave the Maroon & Gold their first lead, 15-14. Lewis pulled level at 15-15 after a Rambler service error but another Gevis hammer laid the groundwork for a 4-0 run that put the Ramblers back on top, 19-15. The Flyers would get no closer than three for the remainder of the frame, with a Lewis attack error sealing a 25-19 triumph.
Following a service error that evened the third set at three apiece, Loyola put any hope of a Flyer comeback away with a stretch that saw it rattle of 10 of the set's next 11 points to create separation. A Jendryk service ace gave the Ramblers a 13-4 as Loyola went on to put an exclamation point on the night as a Collin Mahan kill capped off a convincing 25-10 victory.
Looking At The Numbers
- Loyola hit an impressive .449 on the night, while holding Lewis to just a .151 clip.
- Gevis' 16 kills on the night ties a season high that was set back on January 27 against CSUN.
- Mahan also reached double figures in kills on the night, contributing 11 tallies.
- Garrett Zolg dished out a game-high 33 assists, while Jamison finished with team-high marks in both digs (11) and blocks (2).
- Ryan Coenen paced the Lewis attack with 10 kills.
Loyola continues a three-match homestand on Friday evening when it plays host to King at 7 p.m.
CHICAGO, Ill. – The seventh ranked Lewis Flyer men's volleyball fell in straight sets at sixth ranked Loyola on Wednesday evening at Gentile Arena. The Flyers (11-5, 5-2 MIVA) finished the match with a hitting percentage of .151 and was led by Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) with 10 kills while Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) finished with five kills.
Lewis struggled to slow down the Rambler (13-3, 6-1 MIVA) offense in the opening set allowing them record 21 kills and hit .581 in the frame. Lewis led 4-3 but Loyola used a 5-0 run to retake the lead for good. It led by as many as eight in the set. Ricky Gevis had six kills to lead the Ramblers while Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) led the Flyers with four kills.
The second set went back-and-forth for the first half of the stanza and was tied at 14 when the Ramblers used a 5-1 run to take a 19-15 lead and take control of the set. Lewis cut the lead to 20-17 after a service error but that would be the closest it got as Loyola scored five of the final seven points to win the set 25-19.
The Ramblers used a 12-2 run early in the third set to break a 3-all tie on its way to the 25-10 set win. Loyola hit .375 in the final set while holding the Flyers to a negative hitting percentage.
The Ramblers finished the match recording 49 kills against nine errors and had a hitting percentage of .449. Gevis finished with a match-high 16 kills while Collin Mahan added 11 kills.
Lewis is back at home on Friday when it takes on Lincoln Memorial in a 7 p.m. match at Neil Carey Arena.