No. 10 Loyola Men Dominate Net in 3-1 Win

  0 Wendy Mayer | March 26th, 2017 | College - Men's Indoor, EIVA, MIVA

Match Stats

  • No. 10 Loyola 3, No. 13 Penn State 1 (25-17, 25-18, 22-25, 25-14)
  • Loyola moves to 14-8; Penn State falls to 13-9
  • Chicago
  • Attendance: 729
  • Box Score

The No. 10 Loyola Ramblers put up 16.5 blocks in a 3-1 win over No. 13 Penn State on Saturday. The Ramblers won by scores of 25-17, 25-18, 22-25, 25-14 for their third straight victory.

Sophomore middle blocker Paul Narup accounted for seven blocks, while junior middle Jeff Jendryk and junior opposite Ben Plaisted added five apiece to lead the Ramblers at the net. Sophomore outside hitter Collin Mahan chipped in four stuffs as Loyola limited Penn State to a .075 hitting percentage on the night. Offensively, Plaisted led all hitters with 16 kills, while Mahan added 12. Sophomore libero Avery Aylsworth pulled up a career-best 11 digs to lead the defense.

Only seven players saw the court for the Nittany Lions, with redshirt junior opposite Jalen Penrose pacing the team with 11 kills. Redshirt junior outside Aiden Albrecht and redshirt junior middle Kevin Gear managed seven kills apiece and senior outside Chris Nugent and redshirt senior middle Matt Callaway chipped in six each. Callaway put up a team-best three blocks, while redshirt sophomore libero Royce Clemens pulled up 10 digs.

Loyola went up 10-4 in Set 1 as Penn State errors piled up and the Ramblers put up three blocks. PSU cut the margin to four at 12-8, but could not break through. Loyola scored four of the final five points in the stanza, including two kills by Plaisted.

The Ramblers carried the momentum into Set 2, jumping ahead by five at 11-6. Penn State narrowed the gap to two at 13-11 with two Penrose kills and an ace by Nugent. Loyola led by six again at 19-13 and maintained at least a five-point edge the rest of the way, ending the set on a Jendryk ace.

Back-to-back kills by Penrose gave Penn State a 9-6 edge in Set 3. Loyola tied it up at 10, but the Nittany Lions went on to lead by as many as four, last at 21-17. A Jendryk kill pulled the Ramblers within one at 23-22, but putaways by Penrose and Nugent kept the match going with a 25-22 PSU win.

The teams played to a 7-7 tie in Set 4, before Loyola seized control with a 15-5 run, including four blocks, en route to the win. The Ramblers hit at a .650 clip in the set, while holding Penn State to a .043 effort.


Courtesy: Loyola Athletics

Final Score: No. 10 Loyola 3, No. 13 Penn State 1 (25-17, 25-18, 22-25, 25-14)

Records: Loyola (14-8); Penn State (13-9)

Location: Gentile Arena — Chicago, Ill.

In Short

No. 10 Loyola University Chicago hit .376 (46-11-93) as a team and totaled 16.5 blocks en route to a 25-17, 25-18, 22-25, 25-14 victory over No. 13 Penn State (13-9) tonight at Gentile Arena. The win is the Ramblers’ third in a row and moves them to 14-8 overall on the year.

How It Happened

Loyola scored seven straight points, five courtesy of Penn State hitting errors, to turn a one-point deficit into a 10-4 lead in the opening set. The Nittany Lions would get as close as four points the remainder of the way, but the Ramblers were able to keep PSU at arm’s length and rolled to a 25-17 win.

A 6-1 run, fueled by two kills and an ace helped the Ramblers break a 5-all stalemate and sprint out to an 11-6 lead in set two. Penn State cut Loyola’s lead down to 13-11 thanks to a 4-0 run of its own, but a kill from Ben Plaisted and a Nittany Lion error pushed the advantage back to four at 15-11. Loyola would lead by as many as six points the rest of the way until Jeff Jendryk’s ace closed out a 25-18 Rambler victory.

Penn State tallied three consecutive points to snap a 10-10 tie and seize a 13-10 lead it would never relinquish on its way to a 25-22 win in the third set. Loyola struggled offensively, hitting just .071 (8-6-28) as it saw a streak of eight straight set wins come to an end.

Loyola took command of the fourth set thanks to a 6-1 run that turned a 7-7 tie into a 13-8 Rambler advantage. Will Tischler came up big during that stretch, tallying two kills, while teaming with Jendryk on a block, to help Loyola coast to a 25-14 victory. The Ramblers were unbelievably efficient in the fourth set, hitting a whopping .650 (14-1-20) to earn their third straight win.

Inside The Box Score

Plaisted tallied 16 kills and added six digs and five blocks, while hitting .400 (16-4-30) to lead an efficient Loyola offense. – Collin Mahan pitched in 12 kills and hit .391 (12-3-23), while Jendryk tallied seven kills and five blocks. – Paul Narup notched seven blocks, while Avery Aylsworth contributed a career-high 11 digs. – Jalen Penrose led Penn State with 11 kills.

Up Next

The Ramblers have a rare midweek match, but it’s a big one, as they travel to local rival and seventh-ranked Lewis on Tuesday, March 28.


Courtesy: Penn State Athletics

CHICAGO, Ill. – No. 13 Penn State dropped its final match of the weekend 3-1 (17-25, 18-25, 25-22, 14-25) Saturday night in Gentile Arena in non-conference action on the road.

In a 2-0 hole at the break, Penn State put together its best set of the night hitting .200 and recording 13 kills during the set to extend the game with a 25-22 set win.

Set four saw the Nittany Lions stick around early before ultimately falling 25-14 to Loyola who took the match 3-1 at home.

Jalen Penrose led the Lions with 11 kills on 28 attempts while adding seven digs and two blocks.

Luke Braswell led Penn State with 31 assist, adding one kill as well, while Matt Callaway led the Lions in blocks on the night with three.

Royce Clemens led the team in digs recording 10 followed closely by the aforementioned Penrose who posted at seven.

Penn State returns to the court Tuesday night as they host Ohio State with a first serve slated for 7 p.m. in Rec Hall set to broadcast on BTN Plus. For more on Nittany Lion men’s volleyball, log onto or follow the team on Twitter @PennStateMVBall


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About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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