LONG BEACH, Calif. -
Cole Murray recorded 14 kills to lead No. 10 Loyola University Chicago to a 23-25, 25-20, 27-25, 18-25, 15-13 victory over No. 11 CSUN (12-9) tonight at Walter Pyramid in the LBSU Asics Tournament. The win is the Ramblers’ fourth versus a ranked foe this season and improves them to 11-6 overall.
How It Happened
Two kills from Maki Parker were part of a 5-0 Matador run that put Loyola in a 13-9 hole midway through set one. The Ramblers charged right back and used a 6-2 run, capped by a CSUN error, to even the set at 15, and the clubs exchanged the next several points before consecutive tallies gave the Matadors a 23-21 advantage. Loyola would close within 24-23 on a CSUN ball handling miscue, but a Dimitar Kalchev kill capped the Matadors’ 25-23 victory.
In the second set, the Ramblers recorded three straight points, the final two coming on service aces from Murray, to open up a 15-11 lead. CSUN would fight back and another kill from Parker got the Matadors within a point (19-18), but back-to-back tallies, including a block by Jeff Jendryk and Ben Plaisted, pushed Loyola’s lead back to three and the Ramblers wouldn’t look back en route to a 25-20 win that evened the match at a set apiece.
Loyola found itself trailing 21-17 late in the third set before mounting a rally to earn a 27-25 victory. Led by Jendryk, who had a hand in four (3 blocks and a kill) of his team’s points in a 7-0 run, Loyola opened up a 24-21 advantage, but CSUN rallied to even the set at 24. After the teams traded points, a Matador service error and Collin Mahan kill finished off LU’s 27-25 win.
The Matadors used a 9-3 run early in the fourth set to break a tie and seize control with a 15-9 lead en route to a 25-18 victory. CSUN hit a whopping .480 (14-2-25) on its way to evening the match and forcing a fifth and deciding set.
A 4-1 spurt that featured a kill and a block from Plaisted gave Loyola a 10-7 lead in the final set, but that lead was short-lived as the Matadors stormed back to register six of the next eight points to stake claim to a 13-12 advantage. Jendryk took over from there, showing why he is a two-time AVCA All-America selection, tallying two kills and teaming with Ian Cowen on a block, as Loyola tallied the final three points for a 15-13 decision.
Loyola takes on No. 2 Long Beach State tomorrow night at 9 p.m. Central to close out play at the LBSU Asics Tournament.