MIVA Conference Struggles On First Day Of 2013 Season

Three members of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association opened up play on Friday evening. Out of the five matches that were played, none of those three members earned their first victory of the 2013 season.

Long Beach St. defeats Loyola (Ill.) 3-0
The No. 10 ranked Loyola Ramblers fell in the season opener to No. 7 Long Beach State by scores of 25-18, 25-22, and 25-15.

Joseph Smalzer led the team in kills with 13. Diego Rodriguez and Thomas Jaeschke made their collegiate starts with Jaeschke recording two solo blocks.

UC San Diego defeats Lewis 3-2
UC San Diego defeated the Lewis Flyers in five sets by scores of 25-17, 25-19, 30-32, 23-25, and 12-15 in the season opener at the UCSB Asics Invitational. The Flyers won the first two sets before slipping in the final three.

Geoff Powell led the Flyers with 26 kills while brothers Jay and Greg Petty added 14 and 11 kills, respectively.

Stanford defeats Grand Canyon 3-1
Led by sophomore Ryan Mather with a team-high 10 kills, the Grand Canyon Antelopes fell in the season opener to Stanford. Stanford defeated Grand Canyon by scores of 25-23, 25-17, 18-25, and 25-16.

Junior Ben Ponnet recorded 12 digs and six kills while libero Trent Bruns had eight digs. Setter Keith Smith earned 37 assists on the evening.

Cal Baptist defats Loyola (Ill.) 3-1
Three members of the Rambler squad cracked into double-digit kills in the four set loss to No. 15 Cal Baptist at the UCSB Asics Invitational. Joseph Smalzer led the squad for the second game in a row with 14 kills while Ryan Baine and Thomas Jaeschke contributed 13 and 11 kills.

The Ramblers will face host school UC Santa Barbara Saturday afternoon.

UC Santa Barbara defeats Lewis 3-0
Host school UC Santa Barbara defeated Lewis in three sets by scores of 25-15, 25-19, and 25-19. Geoff Powell continued to lead the Flyers with seven kills and three blocks against UC Santa Barbara.

The Flyers move to 0-2 to start the season and will play again on January 5 against California Baptist to finish up the UCSB Asics Invitational.

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