Men’s College Volleyball: Loyola outlasts Lewis
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media February 5, 2014 10:14PM
Lewis' Greg Petty goes low for a dig Wednesday vs. Loyola. | Dennis Nelson/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 6, 2014 8:21PM
In a battle for early supremacy in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, Loyola took home a 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 25-19 road win over Lewis on Wednesday night in Romeoville.
No. 2 Loyola improved to 8-1, 2-0. No. 10 Lewis (7-3, 0-1) had its match win streak halted at six.
“We didn’t trust what we could do and made a few too many unforced errors,” Lewis coach Dan Friend said. “In Games 3 and 4, they put the ball on us and made us play.”
Of Lewis’ 40 errors, 21 were 21 service errors. Loyola took advantage, racing to early leads in Sets 3 and 4 to put the pressure on Lewis.
“Games 3 and 4 were all about us buckling down and serving better than we did in Games 1 and 2,” Loyola coach Shane Davis said. “We didn’t let them get any clean kills, and that was big for our defense.”
In a set that featured 15 ties and six lead changes, Lewis led 21-19 with the serve in Set 1. However, Loyola rallied behind two serve errors late in the match. Geoff Powell’s five kills led the Flyers.
Lewis evened the match, taking Set 2 behind eight kills from Powell and six from Greg Petty. Loyola committed 25 errors to pave the way, including the final point. Lucas Yanez powered the defense with five digs.
In Set 3, a Dainis Berzins kill gave Loyola a 12-4 advantage. Lewis sliced the lead to 18-14 as Thomas Jaeschke’s kill, one of 17 in the set, ending a long rally. Another long rally went to Loyola, giving the Ramblers a 20-15 lead and the serve. Berzins’ kill gave Loyola a 2-1 set lead.
The Ramblers led from start to finish in Set 4. Loyola’s defense came to the fore, not allowing any Lewis sideouts to turn into a rally. Leading 10-7, Jaeschke served back-to-back points, pushing the visitors’ lead to 12-7. Lewis was no closer than four the rest of the way.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t start off the last two games like we did the first two games,” Friend said. “They put us on our heels and we never really recovered. We’re going to prepare for the next match, lick our wounds and move on.”
Powell posted 14 kills and Petty added 10 for the Flyers. BJ Boldog had 33 assists and Yanez totaled eight digs. Jaeschke had a match-best 18 kills, while Peter Hutz had 43 assists.