- Lindenwood def. #6 Loyola Chicago 3-1 (25-20, 19-25, 29-27, 25-20)
- Lindenwood moves to 9-14, 3-10 MIVA; Loyola falls to 20-6, 10-3 MIVA
- St. Charles, Missouri
- Box Score
Lindenwood bookended the night with .400 plus hitting efforts, including a .424 to .222 lead in Set 4. The Lions outdid Loyola in hitting efficiency (.290 to .205), kills (57-51) and blocks (11-10) in the win, which snapped a five-match losing skid. The Ramblers won the battle at the service line (4-2 in aces).
Sophomore outside Nick Stevenson paced the Lions with 20 kills on a team-high .457 clip to go with seven digs. Sophomore opposite Charley Hlavin (10), senior outside Nathan Van Dellen (10) and sophomore middle Sam Schindler (9) also aided Lindenwood in the win. Schindler posted a team-best six blocks, while junior middle Connor Hipelius and Hlavin notched five stuffs apiece.
Junior outside Collin Mahan (14) and senior middle Jeff Jendryk (10) led a group of five Loyola players with six or more kills. Senior opposite Ricky Gevis (8), junior middle Paul Narup (7) and senior outside Ryan Jamison (6) followed. Jendryk hit at a team-high .333 clip and served up two aces, while Narup notched a team-high seven blocks. Gevis added four stuffs, while Jamison was one of three players with a team-best nine digs.
Loyola boasted a three-point lead in Set 1 at 17-14 before Lindenwood took over with a 6-1 run, including two kills each by Hlavin and Van Dellen. Down 21-18, the Ramblers scored two of the next three, including a Jendryk putaway, but could not stop a final 3-0 Lion rally. A Stevenson kill, Hipelius ace and solo stuff by Schindler capped the 25-20 win.
The teams split the first 10 points of Set 2, before Lindenwood grabbed an 8-5 advantage. Loyola turned the tables with six-straight points, including two blocks and a kill by Narup and a Garrett Zolg ace. The Ramblers upped the lead to five at 19-14 as Narup, Gevis, Mahan and Will Tischler notched kills. Two Stevenson putaways cut the margin to two at 19-17, but Loyola managed six of the final eight points to wrap up the 25-19 win. Mahan posted two blocks and a kill to set up the final point, which came on a Lindenwood service error.
The Lions surged to a 5-0 lead coming out of the intermission, including two Van Dellen kills and two Loyola miscues. Later, trailing by our at 16-12, the Ramblers surged with two Lindenwood errors and a Zolg ace, to knot the score at 17. After ties at 21 and 22, a Stevenson putaway and Loyola hitting error put the Lions on the hill at 24-22. The Ramblers scored three straight, capped by a Jendryk ace to earn a try of their own at 25-24. Lindenwood thwarted that attempt and earned two more of the their own (26-25, 27-26) before a service error set up the final point, a stuff by Hlavin and Hipelius to earn the 29-27 win.
Lindenwood led from start to finish in Set 4, leading by as many as six at 16-10 as Stevenson and Hlavin downed three kills apiece and the team put up three blocks. Loyola was back within two at 19-17 with three Mahan putaways and two Lion miscues. Two Rambler errors and kills by Stevenson and Hlaven gave Lindenwood a match-point try at 24-19. Schindler ended the night two points later.