March 27, 2013
CHICAGO – No. 14 Loyola University Chicago defeated Grand Canyon on Wednesday night in three straight (25-23, 25-16, 25-15). Thomas Jaeschke (Wheaton, Ill.) led the floor with 14 kills while Joseph Smalzer (Palos Heights, Ill.) collected 13 digs.
The first set started close with Loyola establishing a slim two-point lead behind kills from Jaeschke and Nicholas Olson (New Berlin, Wis.). Grand Canyon fought back, catching the Ramblers as the teams swapped the lead. The Antelopes scored three unanswered points to take the lead before a 5-0 run by the Ramblers with Jeff Patton (Auburn, Calif.) at the service line catapulted Loyola out front, 18-15. Grand Canyon worked to come back, but a kill from Jaeschke and block by Daliege and Cody Caldwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) forced an Antelope timeout as the Ramblers led 22-18. Smalzer blasted a kill to close the set for Loyola, 25-23.
Loyola held the two-point advantage at the start of the second frame with Olson initiating a 5-1 run to send Grand Canyon to a timeout as the team trailed 11-5. The Ramblers continued to extend their lead with Caldwell beginning another run capped by an Olson kill to send Loyola further ahead, 16-8. The Antelopes could not recover and a Caldwell kill gave set two to Loyola, 25-16.
The Ramblers immediately established control of the final set as Olson triggered a 6-0 run by Loyola including consecutive service aces from Smalzer to force an Antelope timeout with the score 9-3. The teams swapped points before a service ace from Jaeschke followed by a Caldwell kill extended the Ramblers lead 18-10. Loyola went on to take the game, scoring four unanswered points capped by an Olson service ace and Smalzer kill to defeat Grand Canyon, 25-15.
Loyola improves to 16-8 overall and 7-3 in conference play. The Ramblers continue their series with Grand Canyon tomorrow night, hosting the Antelopes at 7 p.m.