Concordia Irvine 3, Loyola 1
Collin Mahan crushed a team-high 17 kills but it wasn't enough as No. 6 Loyola University Chicago (15-4) saw its five-match winning streak halted with a 24-26, 23-25, 25-17, 23-25 loss at No. 14 Concordia Irvine (9-9) tonight at CU Arena. The Ramblers out-hit the Eagles, .260 to .206 for the match but couldn't close out the close sets.
How It Happened
Concordia Irvine strung together a 7-2 run that turned an 11-11 tie into an 18-13 lead in the opening set. The Ramblers roared back however, using a 6-2 run of their own, which included two kills from Mahan, to trim the deficit to 20-19. Loyola found itself in a 24-22 hole before tallying consecutive points on kills from Mahan and Ryan Jamison that evened the score at 24. However, the Eagles responded by recording the next two points to earn a 26-24 victory.
Four unanswered Eagles points allowed Concordia Irvine to break open a 15-11 advantage in set two before the Ramblers rallied once again. This time, it was a 7-4 spurt that got Loyola back into the thick of things, but a Rambler service error , followed by a Jonathan Predney kill, gave CUI some breathing room en route to a 25-23 decision.
The Ramblers broke free in set three thanks to a mini 4-1 surge, highlighted by a pair of blocks from Paul Narup, that turned a slim one-point edge into an 18-14 lead. From there, Loyola never permitted Concordia Irvine to get closer than four points as it rolled to a 25-17 victory after hitting .400 (11-3-20) in the set.
Loyola appeared primed to send the match to a fifth and decisive set when it jumped out to a fast 4-0 lead to start off set four. CUI punched back though and used an 8-4 run to tie the score at 8. The Ramblers would eventually claw their way back from a three-point hole and grabbed a 21-20 lead on Will Tischler's kill, but the Eagles wrapped up play by tallying five of the final points to claim a 25-23 victory that ended Loyola's winning streak at five contests.
A Look At The Numbers
- Mahan finished with 17 kills and Ricky Gevis came close to recording a triple-double, going for 13 kills, eight digs and seven blocks.
- Garrett Zolg doled out 46 assists and dug a match-best 15 balls for the Ramblers, who also received seven kills and nine blocks from Jendryk.
- Concordia Irvine's Raymond Barsemian led all players with 18 kills on the night.
Loyola finishes up its west coast road trip on Saturday when it visits No. 7 Pepperdine at 7 p.m. CT.
UC Irvine 3, Ball State 0
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Hawaii 3, Lewis 0
HONOLULU – The eighth ranked Lewis University men's volleyball team dropped its opener in the Outrigger Invitational to second ranked Hawaii 3-0 (12-25, 22-25, 19-25) on Thursday evening in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) led the Flyers (13-6) with 11 kills and seven digs in the contest.
Hawaii's (12-2) defense held the Lewis offense to just 30 kills in the match and held them to a .194 hitting percentage in the match.
The Flyers opened the match with a pair of blocks from Mitch Perinar (Channahon, IL/Minooka) and TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington) to take a 2-1 lead but the Rainbow Warriors took control with a 9-2 run highlighted by four service aces from Austin Matautia and Dalton Solbrig. Lewis cut the deficit to six points on a couple of occasions but was unable to get any closer than that the rest of the frame as Hawaii ended the set on a 13-6 run.
The Flyers led 3-0 to begin the second set but the Rainbow Warriors came back and eventually grabbed a 12-10 lead on a kill from Stijn van Tilburg. The two teams went back and forth before Hawaii took an 18-16 lead on a kill from Solbrig and a block from van Tilburg and Solbrig. Lewis responded with five straight points to regain its three-point advantage highlighted by a pair of aces from Coenen. After a timeout, the Rainbow Warriors closed the set scoring seven of the last eight points to rally for the 25-22 win.
The Flyers led late in set three after a block from Murray and Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) but was unable to close it out as Hawaii ended the match on a 9-2 run to win 25-19. Coenen had six kills in the frame while Dalen Instenes (Racine, WI/William Horlick) and Julian Moses (Atlanta, GA/Atlanta International School) had three and two kills respectively.
The Rainbow Warriors recorded 42 kills in the match and hit .387 for the contest. van Tilburg led the way with 13 kills and Matautia added 10 kills. Joe Worsley distributed 35 assists and had five digs along with Larry Tuileta.
Lewis continues play in the Outrigger Invitational on Friday when it takes on fourth ranked BYU at 8 p.m. (CST). The Cougars defeated the 11th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions in five sets on Thursday.