Final Score: Grand Canyon 3, No. 10 Loyola 1 (25-27, 25-21, 21-25, 25-27)
Records: Loyola (14-10, 7-6 MIVA); Grand Canyon (16-9, 11-4 MIVA)
Location: Gentile Arena -- Chicago, Ill.
Stats: Box Score | Season Stats
Visiting Grand Canyon (16-9, 11-4 MIVA) hit .322 and received 18 kills from both Cody Williams and Cullen Mosher to earn a 27-25, 21-25, 25-21, 27-25 victory over No. 10 Loyola University Chicago tonight at Gentile Arena. The loss drops the Ramblers to 14-10 overall and 7-6 in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association action and also snaps their home court win streak versus unranked teams at 42 matches.
How It Happened
Jeff Jendryk came up big in opening set, accounting for Loyola’s first three kills and six overall in a tightly contested opener. Neither team led by more than two points in the opening set and the Ramblers used a kill from Will Tischler, followed by a GCU error, to grab a 25-24 lead, but the Antelopes charged back and tallied the final three points of the set, the last coming on a Shalev Saada kill, for a 27-25 victory.
Loyola stormed out to a 15-9 lead to grab control of set two, using a 6-1 run to turn a one-point game into a six-point advantage. Jendryk and Ben Plaisted spearheaded that game-changing spurt by recording two kills apiece in that Rambler run. Grand Canyon wouldn’t do down without a fight however, and got within 21-19, but an Antelope service error, followed by a kill from Jendryk, gave the Ramblers momentum as they picked up a 25-21 win.
Grand Canyon hit .378 (19-5-37) in the third set and built a 19-15 lead before Loyola mounted a late rally. Plaisted and Cole Murray pounded out two kills each during a 4-2 surge that sliced the Antelopes’ lead in half (21-19), but consecutive tallies gave GCU a 23-19 advantage and it would hang on for a 25-21 victory.
The Ramblers fell into an early 13-8 hole in the fourth set, but fought their way back into the contest, knotting things up at 21 on a service ace by Plaisted. But, another set that went extra points was won by Grand Canyon as Saada finished off the match with a kill for a 27-25 Antelopes win.
Inside The Box Score
- Collin Mahan slammed a team-high 16 kills and added seven digs to lead the Ramblers, who also received 13 kills and six digs from Plaisted.
- Jendryk added 12 kills, 10 of which came in the first two sets, and hit .435 (12-2-23) for his most kills since February 24.