No. 5/5 Loyola improved to 6-1 on the season, as they defeated No. 11/10 CSUN on the road on Friday night in three games. The Ramblers needed to go OT in the first game that featured 19 ties, before pulling it out, 34-32. Loyola was in control of the last two games where they only committed two attack errors. Loyola outhit CSUN, .387 to .245, while their passing proved to be the difference as shown in the side-out margin (75% to 65%). Opposite Luke Denton led all players with 15 kills, while outside attackers Collin Mahan and Will Tischler chipped in with 12 kills and 10 kills respectively. Check out the highlights as captured by associate editor, Jonathan Bates.
USC defeated No. 3/4 UC Irvine in four games last night at Galen Center. The Trojans got off to a hot start, as they converted on their first 17 side-out opportunities. The Trojans also attacked at a blistering .690 clip in Set 1. USC’s service pressure (three aces) and blocking (five blocks) in the fourth game sealed the game in favor of the Trojans. The Trojans were led by a balanced, three-pronged attack of Jack Wyett (19 kills), Ryan Moss (16 kills), and Gianluca Grasso (14 kills). For UC Irvine, both outside attacker Joel Schneidmiller and opposite Karl Apfelbach had off nights – attacking in the low .100’s. Check out the highlights as captured by associate editor, Jonathan Bates.
Check out the video highlights from No. 15 Grand Canyon’s five-game victory against Lincoln Memorial at the Off the Block Grow the Game Challenge on Sunday. This was the third consecutive tournament match that the Antelopes went to a decisive fifth game.