Loyola 3, CSUN 2
Cole Murray recorded 14 kills to lead No. 10 Loyola University Chicago to a 23-25, 25-20, 27-25, 18-25, 15-13 victory over No. 11 CSUN (12-9) tonight at Walter Pyramid in the LBSU Asics Tournament. The win is the Ramblers' fourth versus a ranked foe this season and improves them to 11-6 overall.
How It Happened
Two kills from Maki Parker were part of a 5-0 Matador run that put Loyola in a 13-9 hole midway through set one. The Ramblers charged right back and used a 6-2 run, capped by a CSUN error, to even the set at 15, and the clubs exchanged the next several points before consecutive tallies gave the Matadors a 23-21 advantage. Loyola would close within 24-23 on a CSUN ball handling miscue, but a Dimitar Kalchev kill capped the Matadors' 25-23 victory.
In the second set, the Ramblers recorded three straight points, the final two coming on service aces from Murray, to open up a 15-11 lead. CSUN would fight back and another kill from Parker got the Matadors within a point (19-18), but back-to-back tallies, including a block by Jeff Jendryk and Ben Plaisted, pushed Loyola's lead back to three and the Ramblers wouldn't look back en route to a 25-20 win that evened the match at a set apiece.
Loyola found itself trailing 21-17 late in the third set before mounting a rally to earn a 27-25 victory. Led by Jendryk, who had a hand in four (3 blocks and a kill) of his team's points in a 7-0 run, Loyola opened up a 24-21 advantage, but CSUN rallied to even the set at 24. After the teams traded points, a Matador service error and Collin Mahan kill finished off LU's 27-25 win.
The Matadors used a 9-3 run early in the fourth set to break a tie and seize control with a 15-9 lead en route to a 25-18 victory. CSUN hit a whopping .480 (14-2-25) on its way to evening the match and forcing a fifth and deciding set.
A 4-1 spurt that featured a kill and a block from Plaisted gave Loyola a 10-7 lead in the final set, but that lead was short-lived as the Matadors stormed back to register six of the next eight points to stake claim to a 13-12 advantage. Jendryk took over from there, showing why he is a two-time AVCA All-America selection, tallying two kills and teaming with Ian Cowen on a block, as Loyola tallied the final three points for a 15-13 decision.
A Look At The Boxscore
Ben Plaisted and Collin Mahan recorded 10 kills apiece.Jeff Jendryk totaled nine kills and eight blocks. Dimitar Kalchev ripped a match-high 26 kills for CSUN.
Grand Canyon 3, McKendree 1
LEBANON, Ill. – The Grand Canyon men's volleyball team topped McKendree 3-1 on Friday evening by the scores of 17-25, 25-23, 25-22 and 27-22. The Lopes improve to 11-8 on the season and 7-4 in MIVA play.
Three Lopes had double-digit kills in Cullen Mosher (14), Shalev Saada (10) and Matthew Kinnebrew (10) as the Lopes totaled 44 kills on the Friday. Mosher lead the court with the most kills while also adding an ace to his resume. Ashton King led the Lopes with five blocks, followed by Michael Milstein (4) and Saada (2). Milstein added 40 assists on the evening.
McKendree got off to a quick 1-0 match after taking the first set 25-17 but Grand Canyon was able to respond with three-straight set points to take the match 3-1. In the fourth set, the two teams went back and forth before the Lopes scored four of the next five points to take the deciding point in the fourth set.
GCU will have a quick turnaround for match two against McKendree on Saturday, March 11 at 6 p.m. MST. The Lopes will look for their third consecutive victory before returning home for the next four games.
UC Irvine 3, Ball State 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 12 Ball State men's volleyball team traveled to Columbus, Ohio to compete in game one of the Ohio State Tournament Friday evening. The Cardinals came up short and fell to sixth ranked UC Irvine, 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-19).
Freshman Matt Szews had another big night for the Cardinals and led the match with 11 total kills.Edgardo Cartagena and Matt Walsh each added six kills while Adam Wessel and Connor Grossadded a team high eight digs each. As a team, Ball State had 31 kills compared to UCI's 47.
The Cardinals scored the first two points in the opening set, but were unable to regain the lead after the Anteaters went on a 6-0 run. Ball State was only able to capitalize on nine attacks for a .273 hitting percentage. Szews led the team in the first set with three kills while Anthony Lebyrk and Cartagena each added two.
In a back and forth second set, Ball State went on a 4-0 run and forced an Anteater timeout. UC Irvine came out of the timeout to go on their own 4-0 run to tie the set at 15. Down the stretch, UCI was able to take the set, 25-22. Cartagena, Szews and Walsh knocked down all 12 Cardinal kills, four for each of them.
In the set three 25-19 loss, Szews tallied a team high four kills. Walsh and Mike Scannell each added two kills. Gross led the way with five digs.
The Ball State men's volleyball team (14-6, 6-4 MIVA) will take the court in Columbus again tomorrow against UC San Diego. First serve is set for 5 p.m.
King 3, Lindenwood 2
The Lindenwood men's volleyball team dominated the second set against King University, 25-11, on Friday night in Bristol, Tenn., but the Lions dropped two of the next three sets to lose in five frames.
After falling 26-24 in the first set, the Lions controlled each of the next two frames to get the 2-1 lead. Lindenwood dropped the fourth set 25-21 before surrendering a lead in the deciding game to lose 16-14. Lindenwood recorded a sideout percentage of 68, while King finished the match at 59 percent. There were a combined 25 ties throughout the match, while the lead changed nine times.
The success before the downfall gives head coach Kris Dorn hope for someting better. "We simply cannot stop doing wht we know is working for us," Dorn said.
"We turned a corner last weekend and we need to refuse to look back at what we used to be."
Connor Hipelius led Lindenwood with 22.5 points. The sophomore had 13 kills while attacking at a .565 rate, while also being a part of 12 blocks. Blake Koppel led the team with 14 kills.
Nathan Van Dellen and Karsten Staples combined for 21 kills and 29.5 points. Van Dellen and Michael Chard each had six digs, while Hipelius and Staples combined for nine.
Adam Brewster dished out 47 assists on the night, while also tallying five digs and teamed up for four blocks. The sophomore also had two kills. The team combined for 15 blocks compared to King's seven. Ryan Vorderer led with 18 digs, the second-highest mark of his career.
"Tomorrow we need to unleash the full potency of our style of offense," Dorn continued.
The loss drops Lindenwood to 2-15 on the season. The Lions will continue its non-conference road trip tomorrow night when it plays Lees-McRae in Bristol, Tenn. for a 6 p.m. match time.
Ohio State 3, UC San Diego 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 1 Ohio State University men's volleyball team moved its season record to 19-0 and extended the overall winning streak to 42 consecutive matches by blasting through UC San Diego (5-14) in three short sets. Ohio State out-scored the Tritons by 26 in a contest lasting just 76 minutes (25-17, 25-19, 25-13). The Buckeyes attacked .548 while limiting UCSD to a .094 hitting clip.
Nicolas Szerszen and Blake Leeson each reached double-digit points, paced by Szerszen's 16.5 points on 15 kills (.571 hitting percentage) and three block assists. Leeson led the way with six stuffs (two solo) to go along with his eight kills on just 10 swings and an ace. Miles Johnson nearly earned admission into the double-digit points club, responsible for 9.5 points on seven kills, three block assists and an ace. Leeson combined with fellow middle Driss Guessous to accumulate 13 kills at a .750 attacking rate.
Ohio State posted an outstanding side-out percentage of 88%, scoring on 45 of 51 service receptions.
• Ohio State is riding a 42-match winning streak, the longest in MIVA history
• Also marks the longest winning streak in OSU Athletics history for teams competing in head-to-head competition
• The Buckeyes last suffered an NCAA loss on February 6, 2016 (398 days)
• Ohio State has won 126 of 152 sets (83%) during the victorious stretch
• The streak includes six wins over Top-5 opponents and 18 against teams ranked inside the Top-12
• Also included in the streak are 18 straight wins in true road matches (last loss in an opponent's home gym came in '15)
• UCLA set the all-time record of 47 straight in both 1979-80 and 1983-85
Set 1: The Buckeyes overcame many self-inflicted wounds in the first set, winning the frame 25-17 despite handing over nine points via service blunders. Ohio State's defensive dominance consumed the Tritons, shoving UCSD into the red at a negative-.062 hitting efficiency. Eleven of the final 15 points went in favor of the Scarlet & Gray.
Set 2: Ohio State kept it coming in set number two, increasing the team hitting efficiency to .560 (17-3-25). The Buckeyes snapped a five-match streak of dropping the second set, pushing past the Tritons, 25-19 to exorcise their second-set demons. UC San Diego closed the gap to a pair at 17-15 before an 8-4 OSU run slammed the door shut.
Set 3: Productivity numbers continued to swell in the third, coming in the form of a .588 team hitting percentage, 92-percent side-out rate and a whopping seven team blocks. Eleven different Buckeyes got in on the third-set action, all coming together to steamroll in a 25-13 clincher.
Saturday night (March 11) brings a marquee match-up in St. John Arena when the top-ranked Buckeyes square off with No. 6 UC Irvine (14-6) at 7 p.m. ET.