No. 15 Loyola-Chicago Claims 3-1 Victory At Saint Francis

3/20/2009

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LORETTO, Pa. - The fifteenth-ranked Loyola men's volleyball team completed its season sweep of non-conference opponent Saint Francis (Pa.) with a 3-1 (30-19, 27-30, 30-20, 30-26) win Friday night at DeGol Arena. The Ramblers improve to 10-7, while the Red Flash fall to 10-9.

Loyola took control early in the first game, jumping out to early leads of 12-7 and 17-10 and never allowed Saint Francis closer than five down the stretch. A Red Flash service error and three straight attack errors gave the Ramblers a 25-15 lead and a kill by Mike Bunting a couple plays later sealed the 30-19 win.

The second game went back and forth with neither team able to build an advantage. A kill by Nick Lamoureux gave Loyola the lead late at 26-25, but the hosts scored on the next two possessions and used a 3-0 run to claim the second game, 30-27.

The Ramblers stormed back in the third game, again taking the early advantage and did not let up. Kills by Lamoureux and George Kamberos and a Red Flash attack error provided an early 14-6 lead for Loyola, before the advantage was extended to 20-10 several plays later. The Ramblers were able to maintain a comfortable lead throughout the rest of the way and a kill by Kamberos ended the round three at 30-20.

The fourth game was even at 11, until a kill by Krisjanis Berzins started a 3-0 run and gave Loyola the lead for good. The Red Flash did their best to chip away at the advantage, but would not get closer than four, as the Ramblers held on for the 30-26 win and the match.

Lamoureux led the team with 17 kills and three service aces, while Berzins added 15 kills and Michael Morice tallied 13. Bunting contributed 12 kills and Kamberos recorded seven kills, three service and eight digs for the Ramblers. Derek Jensen posted a team-high nine digs and Michael Hutz added a match-best 56 assists. As a team, the Ramblers out-hit Saint Francis, .408-.200.

Loyola returns to action tomorrow night at No. 7 Penn State beginning at 6 p.m. Central.

Article courtesy of Loyola-Chicago athletics.

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