April 6, 2013
CHICAGO - Thomas Jaeschke and Joe Smalzer had 15 kills apiece and Smalzer served up seven of No. 13 Loyola's 10 aces as the Ramblers knocked off No. 11 Ohio State, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 28-26), this afternoon at Gentile Arena. Loyola improves to 18-8 (9-3 MIVA) with its eighth-straight win while the Buckeyes slip to 17-7 (7-5) with the loss.
Back-to-back aces from Smalzer helped Loyola jump out to an early lead in the opening set and a Smalzer kill gave LU an 11-7 lead. Ohio State was finally able to string a couple points together, pulling even at 12 on a Michael Henchy kill, but another Smalzer ace and a Nick Olson kill put the Ramblers back in front, 15-12. The lead ballooned to five (21-16) later on a Jaeschke kill and the freshman closed out a 25-20 win with his eighth kill of the set.
The second set was tied seven different times to get to 10-all but Smalzer rifled consecutive aces again to give Loyola the lead. The Ramblers extended to a 15-12 edge on a Cody Caldwell kill and they still led by three (20-17) after a Jaeschke put-away. Kills from Nick Gibson and John Tholen pulled OSU within one but Loyola was able to side-out the rest of the way, with Caldwell's seventh kill of the set giving the Ramblers a 2-0 lead at intermission after a 25-23 win.
A Caldwell ace gave Loyola some momentum and a 6-3 lead early in the third set and a block from Peter Hutz and Eric Daliege gave LU a 9-5 advantage. However, Ohio State stormed back, scoring five of the next six points to pull even at 10 and a Mitch Vallis service ace later extended the run to 9-2 and gave the Buckeyes a 14-12 lead.
Ohio State maintained its lead until a Hutz ace made it a 17-17 game and the teams essentially traded points all the way to 26-26, with Loyola squandering a pair of match points. A Smalzer kill gave LU a third try and the Ramblers cashed in, with an Ohio State ball-handling error giving Loyola the sweep.
Jaeschke managed to hit .500 (15-3-24) with his 15 kills and he added nine digs while Caldwell gave the Ramblers a big lift, finishing with 12 kills, 10 digs and a pair of aces.
Loyola closes out the regular season with a pair of matches next week, starting with a Wednesday night match at IPFW. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.