More MIVA Play Begins On Friday Evening

ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- Five members of the MIVA continued play on Friday night, including three conference match-ups.

Loyola-Chicago vs. Harvard
After dropping the first set 23-25, the Loyola Ramblers came back to defeat Harvard by a score of 3-1. The scores of sets two through four were 25-18, 25-21, and 25-18. Loyola improves to 6-5 on the season.

Thomas Jaeschke posted a team-high 14 kills on the night while Eric Daliege collected six total blocks. Diego Rodriguez tallied 46 assists.

Atter dropping the first set, Loyola came back in set two hitting .560 as a team.  In the third, Loyola had a commanding lead at 18-12 as Harvard attempted to catch the Ramblers. Trevor Novotny blasted the final kill that gave the Ramblers the 25-21 advantage.

Loyola will play at the Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic Championship against Springfield College on Saturday. 

No. 10 Ohio State vs. NJIT
No. 10 Ohio State picked up its sixth victory on Friday night as it defeated NJIT by scores of 25-20, 25-23, and 25-17. Michael Henchy recorded a career-high 20 kills in the win with a .545 attack percentage.

Defensively, sophomore Brennan Anderson had a match-high 11 digs and senior Chen Levitan had nine. Levitan finished second on the team with seven kills. Redshirt sophomore, Peter Heinen, notched a match-best 35 assists, while classmate Andrew Lutz ended with six kills playing in only one set. 

Ohio State will return to its home arena on Saturday night as they host George Mason in a non-conference match-up.

IPFW vs. Lindenwood
The Lindenwood Lions defeated IPFW 3-1 for its first victory of the 2013 season. The Lions won by scores of 25-14, 26-28, 25-18, and 27-25 and move to 1-2 in the MIVA. IPFW falls to 3-3 on the year and 0-1 in the MIVA.
 

Kyle Overby led the Lindenwood attack with 10 kills at a .200 clip. Scott Siwicki notched eight kills on just 13 attempts with no errors, while Tim Schmidt led all players on the floor with 39 assists.

Two members of the Mastodon squad recorded double-digit kills, as Eddie Rivera led IPFW with 15. Freshman Andy Sellan added 12 of his own. 

Lindenwood outblocked IPFW 23-11 in the contest. The Lions hit .241 as a team while holding IPFW to a .115 hitting percentage.

The Lions will take on Ball State on Saturday in Muncie, Ind. as IPFW will host Quincy. 

Grand Canyon vs. No. 15 Lewis
No. 15 Lewis improves to 5-5 on the year and 1-0 in the MIVA as it defeated Grand Canyon in four sets. The Flyers won by scores of 25-19, 25-22, 21-25, and 25-14.

Once again, Geoff Powell led the Lewis attack with 16 kills while Jay Petty added 15. Eric Fitterer rounded out the trio of Flyers with double-digit kills, contributing 11. As a team, Lewis hit .358 for the evening. 

Four Antelopes recorded double-digit kills behind the lead of Ben Ponnet with 12. Keith Smith led all players on the floor with 48 assists, while Gerrard Lipscombe had nine digs.

Grand Canyon falls to 4-4 on the year and 0-1 in MIVA play. The two schools will continue play against each other on February 3. 

Ball State vs. Quincy
Ball State remained undefeated after Friday night as it picked up its sixth victory of the season and first in the MIVA as they defeated Quincy in a four-set dual. The Cardinals won by scores 25-14, 25-10, 23-25, and 25-14. Quincy falls to 4-4 on the year and 0-1 in the MIVA.
 

Junior setter Dan Wichmann tied his career-high in assisted blocks with six to go with his 34 assists. Junior libero Tommy Rouse added 10 digs for his 27th match with double-digit digs. Quincy was led by Jack Gamache who had 13 kills, while Chris Lynch tallied 24 assists.

The Cardinals dominated the block, getting 18.0 total blocks to the Hawks' 3.0 total blocks. Ball State hit at .252 (46-20-103) while Quincy managed a -.017 clip (32-34-116). BSU held the advantage in digs (41-29), assists (42-30) and service aces (6-4). 

Ball State is set to host Lindenwood on Saturday evening as Quincy will travel to IPFW.

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