No. 15 Loyola Overpowers NJIT, 3-1
Chicago, Ill. - No. 15 Loyola University Chicago snapped a three-match losing streak as it defeated New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), 3-1 at Alumni Gym on Friday night. The Ramblers beat the Highlanders 30-20, 28-30, 30-28, 30-27. With the win the Loyola improved to 11-9 on the season, while NJIT falls to 9-8 on the year.
Loyola started out strong in game one as it knocked down three consecutive kills, one from Nick Lamoureux and two from George Kamberos. The trio of kills was followed by a Michael Morice service ace, which gave the Ramblers a 6-1 advantage. The hosts would continue to dominate as they pushed their lead to nine (25-16) on a Joe Guntli kill. A game-ending kill by Lamoureux gave the Ramblers a 30-20 win over NJIT.
Game two was a back-and-forth affair, as the two teams were tied 20 times and exchanged leads a half-dozen times. With the game tied at 26-26, the Highlanders took advantage of a Rambler service error to take the lead for good. NJIT would go on to claim game two by a score of 30-28.
The third game was much of the same, as the Ramblers and Highlanders traded points several times. Loyola took a two-point lead (28-26) on an Anderson kill followed by a Highlander attack error and would never look back as the hosts pulled out a 30-28 victory.
The Ramblers grabbed the lead early in the fourth game, taking a 13-9 lead on a kill by Anderson. But the Highlanders would battle back and tie the game at 14-all on a kill by Eduardo Welter. Loyola refused to quit as it went on an 11-6 run to take a five-point lead (25-20). The hosts went on to take the fourth and final game by score of 30-27.
Loyola was powered by Anderson's game-high 23 kills and Lamoureux registered 14 kills and three service aces while hitting .684 on the evening. Mike Hutz notched his sixth double-double of the season as he contributed 56 assists and 13 digs.
Welter led NJIT with 17 kills, nine digs and three aces while Leonardo Paludo and Amobi Armstrong recorded 11 and 12 kills, respectively.
The Ramblers return to action on Saturday, March 15 when they host MIVA foe Mercyhurst. First serve is slated for 4 p.m.
Article courtesy of Loyola-Chicago athletics.