Feb. 9, 2013
CHICAGO – The Ramblers improved to 2-0 in MIVA play on Saturday night, defeating Lindenwood in straight sets (25-22, 25-16, 25-21). Thomas Jaeschke (Wheaton, Ill.) had a career-high 15 kills to lead all players while Peter Jasaitis (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) totaled 11 digs.
Loyola University Chicago jumped to a 7-3 lead in the first set, fueled by three kills from Jaeschke. The Rambler offense continued to put away kills, controlling the game as Loyola established a 14-8 lead, initiating a Lindenwood timeout. The Lions worked their way back, pulling to within two points of the Ramblers, 22-20. It was Loyola who took the first set point, and a final kill by Dainis Berzins (Brinklow, Md.) concluded the first set, 25-22.
Nicholas Olson (New Berlin, Wis.) and Smalzer posted the first block for the Ramblers in the second set, supporting a fierce Loyola offense as the team continued to build momentum, taking a 6-2 lead. The Lions took advantage of consecutive errors by the Ramblers, to come within two, but with Olson at the service line, Loyola scored five unanswered points, reestablishing a commanding 18-10 lead. The Ramblers continued to dominate offensively as Berzins, Olson and Eric Daliege (Orland Park, Ill.) blasted kills to close the set 25-16.
In the third and final set, kills by Smalzer and Jaeschke followed by a block from Jaeschke and Daliege gave the Ramblers an early 4-2 advantage. The Lions managed to stick with Loyola, staying within two points until a Lindenwood kill tied the game 13-all. The Lions battled to take control late in the match, but it was Loyola that took the set with Smalzer blasting back-to-back kills to help his team to a 25-21 win.
Loyola continues its five-game homestand next Saturday, Feb. 16, when the Ramblers host Lewis in Gentile Arena. First serve is set for 7 p.m.