Feb. 28, 2013
CHICAGO – Loyola University Chicago men’s volleyball travels to Columbus, Ohio where the team will take on No. 7 Ohio State on Friday, March 1. The match will be streamed live on BTN.com and will air on the Big Ten Network on March 4. First serve for Friday night’s match is set for 6 p.m. CST.
“We’re excited about the match on Friday,” said head coach Shane Davis. “The team has been practicing hard all week with the players staying focused. With both teams playing well, we expect it to be a back-and-forth match and we’re really looking forward to it.”
Last Time Out: The Ramblers swept Ball State on February 23, improving to 10-7 on the season and 3-2 in MIVA play. Thomas Jaeschke (Wheaton, Ill.) led all attackers with 16 kills while Peter Hutz (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) tallied 34 assists. Hutz and Cody Caldwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) each ended the night with eight digs.
Scouting the Buckeyes: Ohio State carries an 11-2 overall record and is undefeated in MIVA play (4-0). In the overall MIVA rankings, the Buckeyes are first in kills per set (13.19), assists per set (12.45) and digs per set (11.47). Outside hitter Michael Henchy leads Ohio State’s attack (3.51 kills/set) and is assisted by setter Peter Heinen (11.31 assists/set). Grayson Overman (1.15 blocks/set) and John Tholen (1.00 blocks/set) anchor the middle blocker positions while Brennan Anderson (3.36 digs/set) serves as the libero.
The Buckeyes hold a 30-13 advantage in their series against Loyola. The Ramblers last win against the Buckeyes was in 2010 when Loyola won a five-set showdown at home. A win this weekend will mark the first time since 2006 that the Ramblers have defeated the Buckeyes on the road.
Thomas the Tank: Freshman Thomas Jaeschke has made an immediate impact on the Ramblers, collecting 171 kills and 31 total blocks while leading the MIVA’s freshman class with 3.05 kills per set and 3.59 points per set. Recently, Jaeschke has paced the Rambler’s attack in three of the last four matches. After posting 35 total kills (.431) against IPFW (2/20) and Ball State (2/23), including a career-high 19 kills against IPFW, Jaeschke was recognized for his efforts, being named MIVA Offensive Player of the Week on February 25.