Ramblers Crush Hawks, 3-0

loycMUSTANGS.COM After sitting out much of last night's contest, Joe Smalzer tallied 13 kills and two service aces while in the mix against Quincytonight.
loycMUSTANGS.COM
After sitting out much of last night's contest, Joe Smalzer tallied 13 kills and two service aces while in the mix against Quincytonight.
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March 3, 2012

Final Stats

CHICAGO - Powered by a steady attack, No. 15 Loyola crushed Quincy tonight in three sets (25-22, 25-15, 25-16) to sweep the weekend series. The Ramblers improve to 10-8 overall (3-3 MIVA), while the Hawks fall to 13-7, 0-6.

Loyola took the 6-3 lead in the first set but the two teams traded points early to keep the game tight. A bullet from Dainis Berzins set the score at 15-11 before multiple errors brought the Hawks within one (15-14). With Jeff Patton behind the line to serve, Loyola rattled off four consecutive points with help from Cody Caldwell and Steve Thompson. Matt Mirick and Eric Daliege put away back-to-back kills to end the set 25-22.

Errors once again left the Hawks playing catch-up as Loyola jumped to a 7-3 start in the second. Paced by a pair of kills from Daliege and Caldwell sandwiched between service aces from Joseph Smalzer, the Ramblers extended their lead to 12-4. A combined block from Caldwell and Thompson put the Ramblers one away from set point (23-14). Quincy's Ryan Lehmann postponed the win with a kill to make 24-15, but Smalzer answered to close it out.

Quincy came on stronger in the final set, taking a 6-5 lead on a kill by John Pranger. Repeated kills from Caldwell tied the score and handed the Ramblers back the lead they would hold for the rest of the match. Daliege served through a four-point run to push to 13-8. Smalzer fired a kill to make it 16-11 and another to bring the score to 18-3. Caldwell finished out the match after sandwiching kills around a service ace from Berzins.

Loyola triggered a .425 hitting percentage on the night and held Quincy to a .180 average. Smalzer and Caldwell guided the Ramblers on offense with 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Thompson and Daliege added seven kills apiece. As a team, the Ramblers also tallied six service aces in the contest.

The Ramblers head back out west where they will start the week against Cal Baptist on Wednesday, March 7 before moving to a re-match against Cal State Northridge on Friday, March 9. The games will take place at 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., respectively.