March 21, 2013
CHICAGO - Loyola University Chicago returns to conference play this weekend, traveling to Quincy on Friday, March 22 before heading to Lindenwood on Saturday, March 23. The Ramblers are 13-8 overall and look to extend their three-game win streak. First serve for both matches is at 7 p.m.
Last Time Out: Loyola outlasted Princeton on Monday, March 18 defeating the Tigers in a five-set battle (25-27, 25-22, 27-29, 25-16, 15-9). Thomas Jaeschke, Cody Caldwell and Joseph Smalzer each collected double-digit kills while Eric Daliege tied a career-best nine total blocks.
Scouting the Hawks: Quincy has not won a conference game this season and carries a 9-13 overall record. The freshman outside hitter duo of Ian Lawson and Jack Gamache leads the Hawks offense with 2.60 and 2.97 kills per set, respectively. Chris Lynch plays at setter, earning 9.09 assists per set while the team has averaged 1.58 blocks per set.
- Loyola leads its series with the Hawks, taking a 33-5 advantage. The Ramblers defeated Quincy in their 2013 conference-opener, 3-1 (24-26, 25-16, 25-15, 25-14), holding the Hawks to a .036 hitting percentage.
Scouting the Lions: Lindenwood has taken five weeks off from conference play with its last MIVA match against Quincy on Feb. 13 when the Lions won 3-1. The team is 16-7 overall and owns a 2-5 MIVA record. Michael Adams (2.57 kills/set) and Colin Hackworth (3.33 kills/set) lead the Lions' attack while Tim Huizinga is first in the MIVA standings with 0.62 aces per set. Logan Jarus and Scott Siwicki anchor the defense, as both players average 1.11 blocks per set.
- The Ramblers are undefeated against the Lions, holding a 9-0 overall record in the series. The teams met earlier this season when Loyola hosted Lindenwood on Feb. 9, sweeping the Lions, 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-21). Thomas Jaeschke led the floor with 15 kills while Diego Rodriguez tallied 40 assists.
Chart Topper: Shane Davis carries a 199-82 overall record in his tenth season as head coach at Loyola, making him the winningest coach in program history. With three MIVA Coach of the Year awards (2005, 2006, 2010), two regular-season championships (2005, 2006) and six 20-win seasons, Davis looks for his 200th win this Friday against Quincy.