Jan. 7, 2012
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Errors plagued No. 10 Loyola as the team dropped a three-set contest (16-25, 22-25, 19-25) to No. 12 Cal State Northridge to close out the UCSB/asics tournament with an eighth-place finish. With the loss, the Ramblers place fall to 0-3 on the season while the Matadors improve to 1-2.
CSUN jumped out to a 14-7 lead to leave the Ramblers playing catch-up. Kills by Cory Wagner and Brandon Lebrock extended the deficit to ten points. A Dainis Berzins kill and two attack errors by the Matadors switched momentum and gave Loyola a chance for a comeback, but it was unable to close the gap.
Consecutive kills gave CSUN a 16-12 led in the second set, but the Maroon and Gold, paced by a service ace from redshirt freshman Matt Phillips and kills by sophomore Torey Darin, fought back to tie the game at 17. CSUN's Drew Staker triggered four kills of his own to put the Matadors back up 23-21 and in position to take the set.
Darin led the Ramblers with nine kills while Berzins added eight. Junior setter Matt Mirick ended with 27 assists. As a team, Loyola combined for 7.5 total blocks while Northridge edged with 12.5 blocks.
The Ramblers will have a few days to regroup before continuing their tour through California. On Wednesday, Jan. 11, the team will travel to La Jolla, Calif. to face UC San Diego at 7:00 p.m. CST.