Loyola 3, Pepperdine 0
Ryan Jamison recorded his second career double-double, totaling 10 kills and 11 digs, to lead No. 6 Loyola University Chicago (16-4), which hit .355 on the night, to a 25-21, 26-24, 25-20 victory over seventh-ranked Pepperdine (10-6) tonight at Firestone Fieldhouse. The Ramblers bounced back from a loss at No. 14 Concordia Irvine on Thursday and with the win matched their total from all of 2017 (16).
How It Happened
Loyola came out on fire and wound up hitting .348 in set one to earn a 25-21 decision. Despite the Ramblers' efficiency on offense in the opener, the set was a nip-and-tuck affair until Loyola gained some separation with a 3-0 spurt that was capped by a Ricky Gevis service ace, to break a tie and give it a 13-10 lead. Pepperdine fought back and closed within a point (22-21), but a pair of Collin Mahan kills, sandwiched around an ace from Garrett Zolg, ended the threat and closed out the Ramblers' win.
The Ramblers put together four unanswered points in the early going in set two to open up a 9-5 lead, but the Waves wouldn't go down quietly and rallied to knot the score on four occasions, the last coming at 24-24, on a kill from David Wieczorek. But, back-to-back kills from Mahan and Jamison provided the winning margin as Loyola put a cap on a 26-24 victory to grab a 2-0 lead in the match.
In set three, Loyola built a cushion thanks to a 4-1 run that turned a one-point affair into a 15-11 lead with a Jamison ace providing the final point of that spurt. An Alex Harthaller kill cut the Ramblers' lead to 21-19, but consecutive Mahan stops ignited a set-closing 4-1 surge that gave the Ramblers their third sweep over a nationally ranked opponent this season.
A Look At The Numbers
Loyola's middle blocker tandem of Jeff Jendryk (8) and Paul Narup (6) combined for 14 kills on 16 swings tonight.
Mahan produced a team-best 11 kills and added seven digs for Loyola.
Harthaller paced the Pepperdine offense with a match-high 12 kills.
Fort Wayne 3, Concordia Irvine 0
IRVINE, Calif. - Behind a .337 team hitting percentage on Saturday (March 10), Fort Wayne bested No. 14 Concordia Irvine in straight sets (25-15, 25-22, 25-23) in the CU Arena.
The Mastodons were led by Tony Price, who had 15 kills and no errors for a .625 clip. He had five kills in each of the three sets. The 'Dons never trailed in the first set after jumping out to an 8-1 lead behind eight straight serves from Pelegrin Vargas. This stretch included an ace. The lead ballooned to as many 10, which was the final differential. Vargas had four kills to couple Price's five. The Mastodons held the Eagles to .032 hitting in the first frame while hitting .321 themselves.
The Eagles took a 3-1 lead, but they did not lead by that many at any other point in the second frame. The last tie of the set came at 15-all, but the Mastodons rattled off a 10-7 run to open up a 2-0 lead. Tomas Gago had four kills to go along with Vargas and Price, who had five each.
Concordia's last lead of the last set came at just 3-2, after which five separate two-point runs and a three-point run paced Fort Wayne's scoring. Price led the set again with his five kills, rounding out his night. The 'Dons hit .400 in the final set while holding Concordia to .188. The Eagles did not block a ball in the final frame, and the Mastodons had five team blocks.
Defensively, Fort Wayne was paced by Colton Stone's nine digs, followed by Kolbie Knorr with eight, Vargas with seven, Michael Keegan with six, and Price with five. The Mastodons had 36 compared to CUI's 24 digs. Richie Diedrich led with five blocks, while also having five kills and a .714 hitting clip.
Keegan finished with 31 assists on 41 kills for the night. Stone had two aces, along with Price and Vargas who each had one. Vargas finished with 12 kills.
Fort Wayne improves to 15-5 on the year, while CUI falls to 9-10. This is Fort Wayne's second win over a ranked team this season, the first coming just three days earlier with a five-set win over No. 3 UC Irvine. The Mastodons return to the court with a pair of matches against Ball State on Wednesday and Saturday (March 14, 17), home and away.
Lewis 3, Penn State 1
HONOLULU – The eighth ranked Lewis men's volleyball team took third place at the 24th annual Outrigger Invitational with a 3-1 win over 11th ranked Penn State on Saturday night in Honolulu.
The Flyers (14-7) led from start to finish in the frame winning 25-17. The offense hit .571 in the opening set recording nine kills against one error in 14 chances. Julian Moses (Atlanta, GA/Atlanta International School) had five kills in the set to lead the way. Lewis's defense held the Nittany Lions (10-7) to an attack percentage of .214 (12 kills/6 errors/28 attacks) and 3.5 total blocks in the frame.
The second set featured 11 ties and two lead changes. The Flyers led 6-4 after a kill from Jake Walenga (Frankfort, IL/Lincoln Way North) but Penn State scored five straight to regain the lead. Lewis countered scoring three of the next four points to even things up at 10. The two sides went back and forth and were still tied at 20 when the Nittany Lions rattled off three straight points to take a 23-20 advantage. The Flyers scored two of the next three points to cut the lead to 24-22 after a service error. That would be the closest they got as Penn State won the set 25-22 after a kill from Kyle Mackiewicz to even the match at a set each.
The third stanza was tied at 11 when Lewis used a 4-1 run to take a lead it wouldn't relinquish the rest of the set. The Nittany Lions cut the deficit to one four different times but the Flyers were able to hold them off and win 25-22 on a block by Moses.
The fourth set was similar to the second one with 12 ties and six lead changes in the stanza. With the set tied at 19, Lewis broke the tie on a kill from Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin). Penn State responded by scoring three of the next four points to regain the lead at 22-21 after a kill from Matthew McLaren. The Flyers bounced back scoring the final four points of the match to win 25-22.
Lewis finished the match with .351 hitting percentage (39 kills/12 errors/77 attacks) and made things tough for the Nittany Lion offense recording 11 total blocks. Coenen led the team with 13 kills while Moses added 12 kills and TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington) finished with six kills. Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) dished out 34 assists and Michael Simmons (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley) had six digs. Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook)finished with six assisted blocks.
Penn State had an attack percentage of .282 (56 kills/25 errors/110 attacks) and had four players reach double figures led by Aidan Albrecht with 19 kills. Mackiewics and McLaren had 15 and 12 kills respectively. Nathan Smith had 42 assists while Royce Clemens finished with eight digs.
The Flyers return home next Saturday to take on Loyola at 7 p.m. at Neil Carey Arena. Saturday's match will be the Green Out Night with everyone encouraged to wear GREEN to the match.
McKendree 3, Saint Francis 1
After suffering four straight losses, all to nationally ranked opponents, the McKendree University men's volleyball team broke that streak on Saturday night, defeating the Saint Francis University Red Flash in a non-conference contest at home. The Bearcats improve to 7-10 overall on the year with the victory, and 2-0 all-time against Saint Francis, who drops to 8-13 this season.
Nolan Rueter (19) and Jared Wilcox (16) both recorded double-digit kills for the Bearcats, with Rueter tying setter Pasquale Fiduccia for the team lead in digs, with 11. Fiduccia contributed 41 assists on the evening, while Wyatt Dimke had a personal season-high seven total blocks.
The Red Flash scored five points in a row to take a 22-16 advantage late in the first set, but the Bearcats responded with a 6-2 run to cut the lead to just two. Saint Francis, however, capitalized on its second set-point opportunity to win the opener, 25-22.
The Bearcats opened the second set earning six of the first nine points, but SFU stormed back to tie the score at 21 all. McKendree ended the second frame on a 4-2 scoring run to even the match at 1-1, thanks to a set clinching kill by senior outside hitter Nolan Rueter.
Finding themselves down 8-6 in the third set, the Red Flash strung together six points, forcing the Bearcats to call a timeout. McKendree fought its way back into the set, and on their third set point they got an ace to seal the deal.
In a must win situation, the Red Flash began the fourth set strong, building a 12-7 lead on the Bearcats. McKendree then scored five points in a row and went on to win the closely contested set 27-25, clinching the four-set victory in front of a home crowd.
The Bearcats will return to Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association action this Thursday, when they host the Lindenwood University Lions at 7 pm.
Quincy 3, Graceland 0
QUINCY, Ill. - The Quincy University volleyball team defeated Graceland University 3-0 Saturday afternoon (Mar. 10). The Hawks defeated the Jackets 25-18, 25-22, 25-22.
The Hawks jumped out to an early 13-7 lead in the first set. The Hawks pushed the lead to 18-10 lead. After trailing 3-2, the Hawks never relinquished the lead in the 25-18 set win.
In the second set, the Hawks trailed 4-1 through the first five points. A 7-0 run by QU gave the Hawks an 8-4 lead. The Hawks extended the lead to 12-6 midway through the second set. The Jackets cut the lead 14-11. The Hawks responded by extending the lead to 19-14. The Jackets were able to bring the 24-22 but the Hawks held the lead to beat the Jackets 25-22 in set two.
QU started quickly in the third set, grabbing a 9-2 lead over the Jackets. Graceland tied the set at 21-21 after the fast start by the Hawks. QU scored four of the final five points to win the third set 25-22.
The Hawks were efficient on the offensive end. QU tallied 37 kills and took advantage of 21 attack errors by the Jackets.
Shane McAdams led the Hawks with 11 kills, Blake Sprecher finished with five blocks and Adam Rogan added 30 assists.
The Hawks improved to 10-12 on the year. The Hawks travel to Chicago to take on Saint Xavier University on Friday (Mar. 16).
UC Santa Barbara 3, Ball State 0
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The 10th ranked Ball State men's volleyball team took in UC Santa Barbara Saturday night in the closing match of their Spring Break road trip. The Cardinals were taken down by the 14th ranked Gauchos, 3-0 (13-25, 17-25, 19-25).
Ball State struggled in the match, only knocking down 26 kills for a .071 hitting percentage. The Cardinals finished the night with 30 digs and 6.0 total team blocks. Matt Szews led the team in kills with seven. David Siebum added six kills whileRyan Dorgan and Mitch Weiler each notched two.Courtland Scharenborg led the team in assists and digs on the night. Scharenborg tallied 17 of Ball State's 25 assists along with six digs.
Ball State scored the first point in the opening set, but had a tough time keeping up as the set continued. UC Santa Barbara forced a Cardinal timeout after pushing the lead to 13-7. The Gauchos went on to score five straight points following the timeout and eventually took the set, 25-13. Szews had four of the team's eight kills with two added by Matt Walsh and one by Ben Chinnici. Jake Romano had eight assists and two digs. Blake Reardon and Szews also had two digs in the set.
In the second set, the Gauchos scored the first three points. They continued momentum from set number one and won the second set, 25-17. Siebum had five kills for a .444 hitting percentage in the set. Szews added three kills along with two knocked down by both Weiler and Dorgan.
Set number three saw eight tied scores and two lead changes before UC Santa Barbara took the victory, 25-19. The Cardinals only had six kills for a negative hitting percentage in the set while the Gauchos had 10 kills for a .231 hitting percentage. Anthony Lebryk had two kills on two attempts in the set. He also had the lone Cardinal solo block in the set. Reardon, Weiler, Dorgan and Siebum had one kills apiece. Scharenborg led the set in digs with five with four more added by Dorgan.
This marks the second straight loss for the Cardinals. The team went 2-2 during their Spring Break trip and will return home to continue MIVA action. Ball State will look to bounce back into the win column with a trip to Fort Wayne on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. The Mastodons will then come to Muncie on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.