Jan. 5, 2013
CHICAGO - The Ramblers closed the ASICS tournament on Saturday afternoon in Santa Barbara, Calif., falling to UC Santa Barbara, 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-20). Freshman Thomas Jaeschke (Wheaton, Ill.) led Loyola's attack behind 12 kills while junior Peter Jasaitis (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) led all players with 10 digs.
It was the freshmen who opened the first set for Loyola with kills by Jaeschke and Nicholas Olson (New Berlin, Wis.) putting the Ramblers out front, 3-2. Freshman setter Diego Rodriguez (Oak Park, Ill.) would direct the attack, settling in with 21 assists on the afternoon.
The teams battled closely over the next several plays, but a 3-0 run by the Gauchos extended their lead 13-8. A timeout by Loyola stopped UCSB's momentum as junior Joseph Smalzer (Palos Heights, Ill.) came back with a kill.
Jaeschke trigged a late 4-0 run by Loyola with two kills as the team capitalized on Gaucho errors. The run was not enough, however, as a final kill by Weston Nielsen gave UCSB the first set, 25-21.
Junior Torey Darin (Huntington Beach, Calif.) set the pace for Loyola early in set two, behind three kills to give the Ramblers a 5-4 lead. The teams exchanged the lead four times before UCSB pulled away, 13-9. The Gauchos attack proved too much as Loyola continued to fall behind, 25-17.
UCSB built an early 8-3 lead in the third set, slowly distancing itself from Loyola. A timeout by the Ramblers allowed for some adjustments and a kill by senior Jeff Patton (Auburn, Calif.) started a 7-2 run as the Ramblers knotted the score, 10-10.
Errors by the Ramblers and a well-distributed attack allowed UCSB to regain control of the match and the Gauchos won the final set, 25-20.
Loyola is now 0-3 on the season as the team returns to Chicago where it looks to recover and prepare for the home opener. The Ramblers host St. Ambrose on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.