April 19, 2013
CHICAGO - Joe Smalzer recorded 10 kills and five aces and Cody Caldwell added 10 kills and seven digs as No. 12 Loyola opened up postseason play with a 3-0 (25-8, 25-17, 25-21) win over Quincy in the quarterfinals of the MIVA Tournament tonight at Gentile Arena. The Ramblers (20-9) advance to Wednesday night's semifinals, where they face the winner of tomorrow's Ball State/IPFW match. Quincy's season ends with a 10-21 record.
Loyola opened the match strong, using a 10-0 run to open a 12-1 lead. Smalzer, who leads the NCAA in service aces, served up nine straight points in the spurt, including three aces. Kills from Smalzer and Thomas Jaeschke helped the Ramblers open up a 17-4 lead and they cruised from there with two Quincy errors giving LU a 25-8 win. Loyola hit .522 (13-1-23) in the opening set while holding the Hawks to a -.048 (6-7-21) efficiency.
The second set followed a similar script, as Jaeschke had a kill and a block in a 6-0 run that gave Loyola a 10-4 lead. Two Caldwell kills helped the Ramblers maintain their lead before kills from Nick Olson and Smalzer helped kickstart a four-point run that made it a 19-9 game. Quincy would get no closer than seven with Smalzer's fifth kill of the set capping a 25-17 win that gave the home team a 2-0 lead in the match.
Caldwell had a kill and a block to help the Ramblers out to an early 4-1 lead before Quincy rallied. The Hawks scored the next three points to pull even and it was close throughout the middle stages, with Quincy taking its first lead (16-15) on a Jack Gamache kill. However, a Jaeschke kill made it 16-all and he teamed with Danny Podkowa for a block to give Loyola the lead back. A Smalzer kill later helped LU extend to a 22-19 lead and he followed that up with his fifth ace to put the Ramblers two points away. A Peter Hutz kill sent Loyola to match point and, after a service error, a Quincy error closed out the match.
In addition to Smalzer and Caldwell, Jaeschke added seven kills and three blocks as Loyola outhit Quincy, .329-.056, for the night.
Loyola will host either Ball State or IPFW in a semifinal match next Wednesday night at Gentile Arena.