- •#2UCLA def. #11 Loyola-Chicago 3-0, 25-19, 25-18-25-16
- Hosted by Loyola-Chicago
- UCLA (1-0), Loyola-Chicago (0-1)
- Attendance: 633
The #2UCLA men’s volleyball team swept #11 Loyola-Chicago in straight sets in each teams opening matches of the 2017 season.
The first set started off as a trade-off of points, until 11 all when UCLA began to pull away taking a 23-19 lead. Consecutive kills from JT Hatch led to a Bruin first set victory at 25-19.
The second set started much the same as the first, as a back and forth battle until 7-7. A service ace from Will Tischler, a Ricky Gervis attack error and two Jake Arnitz kills brought UCLA to an 11-7 lead. The roll continued for the Bruins, taking a late 23-18 lead. Arnitz and Hagen Smith kills ended the second set at 25-18.
Again, the third set began by trading points until the Bruins broke away at 6-6. UCLA took and maintained a large lead the entire set, when a Mitch Stahl kill ended the set and match at 15-16.
The Burins held Loyola to a .167 hitting percentage for the match, while hitting for .384 themselves.
To lead UCLA, Jake Arnitz put down a match-best 11 kills on a .400 hitting percentage. The Bruins had solid defense at the net with Micah Ma’a dishing out 19 assists and a match-best seven blocks. Mitch Stahl added seven kills and six blocks on a .667 hitting percentage, while Oliver Martin stuffed five balls.
For Loyola-Chicago, Will Tischler hammered down nine kills, while Ricky Gervis added eight kills and six digs.