No. 8 Loyola put together another ferocious performance that earned them its second 3-0 win of the weekend. Collin Mahan
led the Ramblers with 11 kills while Luke Denton
posted a perfect 9-for-9 on the attack, while eight of his kills came in the opening stanza.
Coach Hulse's Thoughts
"It was a great team win against a good team in King," head coach Mark Hulse
said. "We were able to maintain a really high efficiency with 13 different guys on the court, which is a testament to a lot of hard work in the gym."
How It Happened
Loyola set the tone in the first set with merciless production. The Ramblers powered their way to a .679 attack percentage with 20 team kills, both season highs for a set. The offensive attack was led by Luke Denton
, who was a perfect 8-for-8 on the attack, setting an additional high for most individual kills in a set this season. While the match was tied at 10-10, Loyola took off from there with a 7-0 run that allowed them to cruise the rest of the way to a 25-17 first set victory.
took over in the second set by registering all four points in Loyola's early 4-0 run (three kills, one solo block). The Ramblers extended the lead to 6-0 before King got on the board, and eventually 10-2 with another 4-0 run. Mahan later anchored a 3-0 run that featured another back-to-back service ace sequence from the senior outside hitter – giving him five on the night which tied his career high. Loyola capped off the set with one last 4-0 run to complete the romp the Tornado, 25-10, in set number two.
The Maroon and Gold would not run away with the third set, beginning with King being the one to grab the early lead at a 5-3 mark. Loyola countered with a 3-0 run and worked its way to a 14-11 lead. A 3-0 Tornado run tied it up and forced a Rambler timeout, but Hulse's squad didn't waver and regained control of the set with four of the next five points. Up 18-17, Paul Narup
chipped in two kills to help put Loyola back up four at 22-18. After a King timeout, it was the other middle blocker in Kyle Piekarski
that registered two kills down the stretch to ink the 25-21 win and complete the match sweep.
A Look at the Numbers
compiled 17.0 points in the match (11 kills, five aces, one solo block), his highest total against a non-conference opponent since March 8, 2018 (17.5 vs. Concordia-Irvine).
-Seeing action for the entire third set, Devin Joslyn
set career bests in kills (8), and blocks (3).
-Loyola hit .612 (33-3-49) through the first two sets of action on Saturday.
-The Ramblers' 25-10 second set victory is the largest point differential for the team in a set this season.
Loyola returns home to begin a five-match stretch against California teams, beginning on the weekend of Jan. 18-19. Friday's match features a tough test against Pepperdine at 7 p.m., while the weekend wraps up with a tilt vs. UC San Diego at the same time on Saturday. The Pepperdine match will serve on the back end of a doubleheader with the women's basketball team at Gentile Arena.