Final Score: No. 10 Loyola 3, Grand Canyon 0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-18)
Records: Loyola (15-10, 8-6 MIVA); Grand Canyon (16-10, 11-5 MIVA)
Location: Gentile Arena -- Chicago, Ill.
Stats: Box Score | Season Stats
Collin Mahan and Ben Plaisted each recorded 12 kills and No. 10 Loyola University Chicago hit .312 as a team to earn a 25-21, 25-22, 25-18 victory over Grand Canyon (16-10, 11-5 MIVA) tonight at Gentile Arena. The Ramblers move to 15-10 overall and 8-6 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association with the win.
How It Happened
After seniors Jagger Kroener and Cole Murray were recognized in a pregame Senior Night ceremony, an inspired Loyola squad came out on fire and hit a blistering .424 (15-1-33) in the opening set to earn a 25-21 victory. Mired in a 16-13 hole following an Antelope block, Mahan accounted for four straight points, the first two coming via kills, and the final pair coming on service aces, to provide the Ramblers with a 17-16 lead. After GCU evened the score at 19 on a Shalev Saada kill, Mahan started a 3-0 run with a kill to allow Loyola to grab control of the set and take a 22-20 lead.
Loyola jumped all over the Antelopes at the outset of the second set, racing out to an 8-3 lead. The Ramblers’ advantage would ballooned to as many as six points (9-3), but Grand Canyon would fight back and evened the score at 22 on a LU service error. However, three straight Antelope miscues allowed the Ramblers to escape with a 25-22 win.
Mahan and Jendryk teamed up for consecutive blocks to close out a 3-0 surge that broke an 11-all tie and gave Loyola the lead for good in set three. Loyola closed out the set, and match, on a 7-3 run to earn a 25-18 win.
Inside The Box Score
- Mahan had another strong performance, hitting .579 (12-1-19), while recording eight of his kills in the opening set.
- Plaisted has now totaled 10 or more kills in 15 consecutive contests. He also pitched in eight digs and a pair of blocks tonight.
- Saada and Ashton King tallied nine kills apiece to lead Grand Canyon.
Loyola closes out the 2017 regular season next week with matches at Fort Wayne (April 6) and Ball State (April 8).