|Schedule||March 10 | vs. #11 CSUN | 7 p.m. (CT) | Live Stats
March 11 | at #2 Long Beach State | 9 p.m. (CT) | Live Stats| Live Video
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No. 10 Loyola travels to the west coast this weekend to compete in the LBSU Asics Tournament hosted by Long Beach State. The Ramblers, who are 7-3 in their last 10 outings, are opening up a grueling stretch in which they will face nationally ranked teams in three consecutive contests - No. 11 CSUN (March 10), No. 2 Long Beach State (March 11) and No. 1 Ohio State (March 16).
Scouting the Matadors
Heading into a March 8 match at UC Santa Barbara, the Matadors are just 3-4 in their last seven matches and are 7-4 at home this season. CSUN is 2-5 against nationally ranked foes in 2017, with victories over No. 7 Stanford and No. 5 UCLA to its credit.
Junior opposite Arvis Greene, who is hitting .354 (263-77-526), leads CSUN with 4.17 kills per set and is coming off of a 21-kill performance in the Matadors’ 25-22, 19-25, 16-25, 25-23, 13-15 loss to No. 6 UC Irvine on March 3. Dimitar Kalchev ranks second on the squad with 3.51 kills per set and 1.31 digs per set. The sophomore outside hitter leads the team with 51 service aces and is hitting .383 (249-74-457) on the year.
Scouting the 49ers
Long Beach State has won 10 consecutive matches since a January 28 loss to No. 1 Ohio State and the 49ers are undefeated (8-0) at home this season. During that 10-match win streak, Long Beach has dropped just two sets.
As a team, the 49ers are hitting a whopping .380 and are led by sophomore outside hitter TJ DeFalco, who is averaging 4.12 kills, 1.58 digs and 0.69 blocks per set and owns a .402 (268-64-508) hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Josh Tuaniga ranks first in the nation in assists per set with 11.56.
The 49ers lead the nation in hitting percentage, kills per set (13.72) and assists per set (12.86).
The Ramblers return home and open up a four-match homestand March 16 versus top-ranked Ohio State.