Loyola Defeats Lees-McRae

Chicago, IL--The #14 ranked Loyola University Chicago men's volleyball team swept the visiting Bobcats tonight improving their record to 3-0 while the Bobcats fall to 0-2 for the year.

The Ramblers took an early 5-2 lead in game one and managed to hold onto the its lead for the duration, coming out ahead of the Bobcats 30-26.

In game two of the match the young Bobcat squad forced a back and forth affair with 19 ties and six lead changes. With the game tied at 26 three kills by the Ramblers put them ahead, eventually giving them the game 30-27.

The third game of the evening was much like the second, with the unseasoned Bobcats staying in the game to the end with a more veteran Rambler team, finally losing 30-26.

"Obviously the difference between today and last night [Lewis] was confidence. There were times that we led the game, there were times that we still got kills with three blockers on us. If we we continue to build this confidence this team will be much stronger as we continue on this season," said Head Coach Jamie Petrik after the game.

For the Bobcats it was Shane Holderby (Virgiinai Beach, VA) with 10 kills, Colin Kelly (Orlando, FL) eight kills and two aces, and Chad Mercado (Orlando, FL) tallying seven kills with a .417 hitting percentage. Transfer Ryan Black (Escondido, CA) had five kills, a .833 hitting percentage, and a block solo along with a block assist. Josh Shea (Las Vegas, NV) threw in 29 assists, while Kyle Gauger (Penfield, NY) had 10 digs on the evening.

Ian Anderson (Wauwatosa, WI) had a game-high 15 kills while Mike Hutz (Whitefish Bay) tallied 48 assists and 15 digs for the Ramblers.

The Bobcats remain in the greater Chicago area and will face Quincy University Sunday evening. The first serve is set for 7:00pm.

Pictured: Shane Holderby