No. 13 Loyola-Chicago Edges No. 15 IPFW, 3-2
Fort Wayne, Ind. - Four Ramblers recorded double-figure kills propelling No. 13 Loyola University Chicago to a 3-2 victory over MIVA foe No. 15 IPFW on Friday night at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center. Game scores were 30-26, 27-30, 30-20, 32-34, 15-10 in a thrilling five-game match. Loyola improves to 9-6 on the season and 3-2 in conference action, while IPFW falls to 7-6 on the year and 2-3 in the MIVA.
Despite falling behind early in game one, Loyola managed to tie the game at 13-13 on a Nick Lamoureux service ace which set off three consecutive Rambler points giving Loyola its first lead of the game (16-13). The Mastodons fought back evening the score at 22, but Loyola regained the lead on back-to-back kills from Lamoureux and Joe Guntli. The Ramblers never looked back as they pulled out a 30-26 victory.
Game two was close early on, as the two teams traded points until they were knotted at 10 apiece. An Oliver Kook kill seemed to be the turning point for the Mastodons as they went on a 10-6 run. IPFW held a five-point lead, but the relentless Ramblers fought back evening the score at 27-all on an Ian Anderson kill. The Mastodons took advantage of a couple of Rambler attack errors and eventually took game two 30-27.
The Ramblers took control of the third game as they jumped out in front with a commanding 10-4 lead. Loyola held the lead throughout game three as it cruised to a 30-20 win.
The fourth game was a nip-and-tuck affair as the two teams exchanged leads four times and were tied a dozen times. With the score locked at 32, a Darryl Shank kill pushed the game to match-point and the hosts took advantage of a Rambler ball handling error to take game four by a score of 34-32, forcing a fifth and deciding game.
Loyola was able to hold IPFW to a meager .059 hitting percentage in the final game and the Ramblers claimed a 15-10 victory.
Anderson tallied a season-high 27 kills, five digs, four total blocks and hit .412 to lead Loyola. Guntli poured in a career-best 20 kills and 11 digs. George Kamberos (12 kills) and Lamoureux (10 kills) also recorded double-figure kills for Loyola. Mike Hutz contributed a career-high 69 assists and tallied 10 digs on the evening.
The Ramblers look to stay on the winning track when they host Juniata on Saturday, March 1 at Alumni Gym. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
Article courtesy of Loyola-Chicago athletics.