3/28 - Tuesday Recap

3/28 - Tuesday Recap

Lewis 3, Loyola 2


Final Score: No. 7 Lewis 3, No. 10 Loyola 2 (18-25, 25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 12-15)
Records: Loyola (14-9, 7-5 MIVA); Lewis (20-6, 11-3 MIVA)
Location: Neil Carey Arena -- Romeoville, Ill.

In Short
Ben Plaisted produced a career-high 25 kills and Will Tischler added a season-high 16 stops, but No. 10 Loyola University Chicago dropped a gut-wrenching 18-25, 25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 12-15 decision at No. 7 Lewis (20-6, 11-3 MIVA) tonight at Neil Carey Arena. The loss puts an end to the Ramblers' three-match win streak and drops them to 14-9 overall and 7-5 in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play.

How It Happened
Lewis hit a sizzling .520 (15-2-25) in the opening set to earn a 25-18 victory. The Flyers rattled off three straight points to break a 13-all tie and grab hold of a 16-13 advantage, never looking back en route to the win. Plaisted was dominant in the opening set, accounting for each of the Ramblers' first seven kills and nine of their first 11 stops.

Five unanswered points helped Loyola gain control of set two as they broke an 11-11 tie and seized a 16-11 lead as Jeff Jendryk tallied a kill and a service ace in that set-changing spurt. Loyola tallied a .364 hitting percentage (17-5-33) in set two to even the match at a set apiece.

Set three was a back-and-forth affair and the Flyers held a 17-14 lead before the Ramblers strung together a half dozen consecutive points to stake claim to a 20-17 advantage. Plaisted had a hand in four of those points, accounting for two kills, a block and an assist, but Lewis charged back and tied the score at 21. After Loyola went back up by two, the Flyers tied the set yet again before a Jendryk kill and a Tischler ace finished off Lewis for a 25-23 win.

Loyola used a 4-1 run to overcome a three-point deficit and tie things up at 19 in the fourth set, but two Trevor Weiskircher kills were part of a 3-0 surge that gave Lewis the lead for good en route to a 25-21 victory that forced a fifth set.

The Ramblers jumped out to an early 6-3 lead in the final set as Plaisted ripped three kills during that opening run. Lewis, however, would counter with a 6-3 run of its own to knot the score at 9, and back-to-back stops from Weiskircher and Ryan Coenen gave the Flyers an 11-9 lead they would never relinquish.

Inside The Box Score
- Plaisted banged out a career-best 25 kills and added nine digs and four blocks to lead Loyola, which also received 16 kills and seven digs from Tischler.
- Collin Mahan just missed a double-double, tallying nine kills and a team-high 10 digs.
- Coenen led Lewis with 18 kills.
- Loyola and Lewis have gone five sets five times in the last six meetings between the teams.

Up Next
Loyola hosts Grand Canyon on March 31 and April 1.

Quincy 3, Culver-Stockton 1

QUINCY, Ill. – The Quincy University men's volleyball team exacted a measure of revenge against Culver-Stockton, avenging a loss last week by beating the Wildcats, 25-19, 19-25, 25-20, 25-21, at Pepsi Arena on Tuesday (March 28) night.

Last Thursday, the Wildcats (12-18) took a three-set match from the Hawks (6-18), who snapped a four-match losing skid Tuesday night.

Outside of a rough second set, the Hawks held Culver-Stockton to a .062 hitting percentage over Sets 1, 3 and 4.

Culver led Set 1 by an 11-7 count before the Hawks rallied to score 10 of the next 11 points to take command. Junior Anthony Winter (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/St. Edward) put down the final kill in the frame.

The Wildcats committed just one error and hit .625 in the second set to cruise to the victory. After the intermission, the Hawks scored the first three points and never trailed in the third set. It was tied at 18, but Quincy went on a 5-1 run to take a 23-19 lead after a kill by freshmanOmari Wheeler (North Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy). Consecutive kills by senior Jarrod Kelso(Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) handed the win to the Hawks.

Set 4 went back-and-forth as the game saw 11 tie scores and eight lead changes. Trailing 15-14, the Hawks took control with a 9-2 run that pushed them ahead 23-17. The Wildcats rallied to get it to 24-21, but a block by Kelso and Winter put the match away.

Wheeler led three players in double figures with 15 kills (.276) with sophomore David Siebum(St. Louis, Mo./Vianney) adding 14 kills (.125) and Kelso chipping in 11 kills (.350). Winter just missed double digits with nine kills (.208).

Sophomore Kolbie Knorr (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South) was terrific on the back row, coming up with a QU season-high 20 digs.

Junior Thane Fanfulik (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) had 40 assists and four kills (.800).

Ammuniki Wood led the Wildcats with 12 kills (.450).

The Hawks will return to the court on Friday (March 31) for a MIVA match at No. 12 Ball State. First serve is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT.

Ohio State 2, Penn State 3

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Chris Nugent's match point kill lifted No. 13 Penn State (14-9, 6-2) to a pulsating 3-2 victory over No. 1 Ohio State (23-2, 12-0) Tuesday night in historic Rec Hall.

Tonight's win over Ohio State marks the first time Penn State has defeated the No. 1 team in the nation since May 4, 2006 when the Nittany Lions upset the then-No. 1 UC-Irvine Anteaters in the semifinals of the NCAA Championship tournament in Rec Hall.

"When you come into a match with the Buckeyes, you know it's going to be a pretty physical match, " said head coach Mark Pavlik.

"You know that they're going to be taking great swings, and you know that they're going to be teeing off from behind the service line," Pavlik continued.

Entering the fifth set tied 2-2, Penn State bolted to a 2-0 advantage in the deciding fifth game with a kill by Albrecht and an attack error by the buckeyes. Ohio State tried to find their way back early in the set; but, Penn State forced a Buckeyes timeout as the Nittany Lions earned another set of back-to-back points to take a 6-3 lead.

Nugent provided the eighth point of the set giving Penn State an 8-4 lead and triggering the switch of sides'. Ohio State battled back as came within one point of Penn State, forcing the Nittany Lions to take a timeout while up 8-7.

Tied at 10-10, the teams preceded to trade points before Albrecht and Nugent dished of consecutive kills to give Penn state a 14-12 lead, and force Ohio States second and final timeout of the set.

The timeout did not hinder the Nittany Lions, as Nugent was able to find his 19th kill of match, giving Penn State a 3-2 win over Ohio State.

Three different Nittany Lions tallied double figure kills in tonight's match. Nugent posted 19 kills while redshirt junior Aidan Albrecht finished second on the team with 14 kills. Redshirt junior Jalen Penrose followed to finish third with 10 kills.

Freshman Nathan Smith recorded a double-double performance with 39 assists and 10 digs for the Blue and White.

Penn State out-dug the Buckeyes 42 to 35, led by a match-high and career-high 10 digs from freshman Nathan Smith. Redshirt sophomore libero Royce Clemens and Nugent tied for the second highest dig total on the team with eight digs apiece.

Tonight's win moves the Nittany Lions' overall record up to 14-9 and 8-7 in non-conference play.

The teams met once earlier this season, with Ohio State capturing a 3-0 win on January 24, 2017 in Columbus, OH.

Penn State returns to action this weekend as they host Princeton Tigers Friday Night, followed by a Saturday night match against the Highlanders of NJIT at Rec Hall. Both matches are slated for a 7 p.m. serve.