Home court advantage was key on Thursday night as No. 6 Loyola, No. 7 Ohio State and No. 10 Lewis all earned victories.
Loyola used its block to best No. 11 UC Santa Barbara and grab its third straight win. Ohio State flexed its offensive muscles to the tune of a .448 efficiency in a sweep of No. 13 Saint Francis. Lewis also put on an offensive show, hitting over .400 for its fourth straight victory.
- #6 Loyola def. #11 UCSB 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 18-25, 25-17)
- Loyola moves to 5-2; UCSB falls to 3-2
- Chicago, Illinois
- Box Score
- Loyola Recap / UCSB Recap
Key Stats: Loyola picked up its third straight win thanks in part to 11 blocks and nine more UCSB miscues (26-17). The Ramblers outhit the Gauchos .220 to .154 and bested their foes 11-8 in blocks. UCSB, however, tallied five more kills (46-41) and one more ace (7-6). For the match, the Gauchos outscored Loyola by three points (61-58).
Stat Leaders: A balanced attack with 10 kills each by junior outside Collin Mahan, senior middle Jeff Jendryk and senior opposite Ricky Gevis paced the Rambler offense. Jendryk hit at a team-leading .500 clip with just one error in 18 swings, while also tallying four blocks. Junior middle Paul Narup put up a team-best five blocks and added five kills. Mahan and Gevis each recorded two aces.
Junior outside Corey Chavers accounted for 18 kills, four blocks and three aces to lead UCSB. Redshirt sophomore middle Brandon Hopper and sophomore middle Keenan Sanders chipped in nine putdowns apiece. Sophomore setter Randy DeWeese notched a double-double with 39 assists and 11 digs, while also serving up four aces.
It Was Over When: After trailing 5-2 early, UCSB rallied to take an 11-10 lead of its own. Two kills apiece by Roy McFarland and Chavers and two aces by DeWeese aided the rally. Loyola turned things around with a 9-3 run, going up 19-14 with six kills, two by Jendryk. A service error made it a four-point game at 19-15, but it was nearly all Ramblers from there. Loyola closed out the match on a 6-2 run, including three Gaucho errors and a final solo stuff by Mahan.
Final (S4): And that's all from Gentile! The #Ramblers take it in 4 sets (25-23, 25-23, 18-23, 25-17) #Loyola was lead by Mahan, Jendryk, and Gevis with 10 kills each! Garrett Zolg had 37 assists The #Ramblers had 10 blocks and 6 aces. #Loyola improves to 5-2. #OnwardLU #MIVAvb pic.twitter.com/ufdiQnCzIx
— LUC Men's Volleyball (@LUMVB) January 26, 2018
- #10 Lewis def. #8 Cal State Northridge 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-12, 25-20
- Lewis moves to 4-3; CSUN falls to 5-2
- Romeoville, Illinois
- Box Score
- Lewis Recap / CSUN Recap
Key Stats: Lewis won its fourth straight after hitting .439 for the match. The Flyers also put a damper on the Northridge attack with 14.5 blocks, holding the Matadors to a .206 hitting effort. CSUN outdid the Flyers 5-3 in aces.
Stat Leaders: Lewis used a balanced attack in the victory as four players turned in nine or more kills. Redshirt sophomore outside Ryan Coenen (12), redshirt freshman middle TJ Murray (11), redshirt junior outside Julian Moses (10) and redshirt freshman middle Tyler Mitchem (9) made up the group. Murray hit at an errorless .647 clip (11-0-17), while Coenen (.579) and Mitchem (.533) also hit over .500. Mitchem also put up a match-high seven blocks, while Coenen followed with five stuffs. Moses served up two of the team’s three aces.
After missing the last three matches due to injury, senior opposite Arvis Greene returned to the lineup to pace CSUN with 22 kills and seven digs, while junior outside Dimitar Kalchev added 14 putaways, six digs and two blocks. Freshman outside Maciej Ptaszynski served up two aces, while Byers led the team with three blocks.
It Was Over When: Lewis built a six-point lead midway through Set 4, going up 16-10 on a block by Matt Yoshimoto and Tyler Mitchem. The point capped a 6-2 Flyer run, which included kills by three different players. Northridge cut the margin to four at 19-15 with help from two Kalchev putaways, but fell behind by six at 22-16 shortly thereafter. The Matadors sliced the deficit to three at 23-20 with a two Greene kills and a Ptaszynski ace. A service error and hitting error, however, gave Lewis the victory.
Flyers win 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-12, 25-20). Moses (10), Coenen (12), Murray (11) provided the lift to get Lewis the W. #FlightOn pic.twitter.com/D2j3dpmVT0
— Lewis Men's V-Ball (@LewisMVBall) January 26, 2018
- #7 Ohio State def. #13 Saint Francis 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-21)
- Ohio State moves to 4-2; Saint Francis falls to 4-5
- Columbus, Ohio
- Box Score
- Ohio State Recap / Saint Francis Recap
Key Stats: Ohio State outhit the Red Flash .448 to .284 as all four OSU hitters with kills in the match hit .400 or better, led by Blake Leeson‘s .556 effort. OSU hit .609 in Set 2 and .560 in Set 3, committing just one error in each stanza. The Buckeyes also bested SFU 45-30 in kills, 6-2 in aces and 5-3.5 in blocks.
Stat Leaders: Redshirt freshman opposite Jake Hanes pounded down a match-high 19 kills, while hitting at a .471 clip and adding five digs to pace the Buckeyes. Senior outside Nicolas Szerszen chipped in 11 kills, while hitting .435 and adding a team-best six digs, while senior outside Maxime Hervoir notched nine kills on an errorless .500 effort (9-0-18) and served up four of the team’s six aces. Redshirt junior middle Blake Leeson, Szerszen and senior middle Casey Pieper put up two blocks apiece.
Redshirt senior outside Stephen Braswell led the Red Flash with 12 kills, while hitting .370 and adding a team-best seven digs. Senior outside Brandon Buck followed with seven kills and six digs.
It Was Over When: The teams tied 11 times in Set 3, the last at 21, before the Buckeyes pulled away for good. Ohio State had to overcome an 11-6 deficit after Braswell registered four kills and a block in the early going to put the Red Flash on top. The Buckeyes chipped away, finally tying the score at 15 before going up 17-15 on back-to-back kills by Hanes, who notched four kills and a block in the rally. The teams traded points, tying at 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21. Pieper and Szerszen teamed up for two blocks in a row following a service error to put OSU on the hill at 24-21. A Hervoir ace wrapped up the sweep.
The number 3 ranked @OhioState_MVB took down @RedFlashMVB in 3 straight sets! Watch here for a recap! #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/kpR0EIuK8L
— BTN Student U (@BTNStudentU) January 26, 2018