No. 2 Loyola Chicago drops first set, wins next three to beat Sacred Heart
FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Thomas Jaeschke drilled 17 kills and Joseph Smalzer added 13 kills and seven aces as No. 2 Loyola overcame a slow start in a 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-18) win against Sacred Heart on Friday night. The Ramblers improve to 5-1 with their first road win of the season while the Pioneers slip to 1-3 with the loss.
"It is always different playing on the road," head coach Shane Davis said. "We got off to a little bit of a slow start and got caught on our heels with their aggressive serving. After the first set, we made some adjustments. We started turning up the pressure on our serve and got them out of system a little bit more. Now we have a short turnaround before tomorrow's match against a good Harvard team."
The Ramblers hit a sizzling .444 (58-10-108) for the match while holding Sacred Heart to a .223 efficiency for the match, a mark that includes a .150 percentage during the final three sets.
Jaeschke played well, slamming his team-high 17 kills at a .536 efficiency. Smalzer added 13 kills and tied his career-high with seven aces, one shy of Loyola's single-match record. Cody Caldwell (eight kills) and Owen McAndrews (seven kills, six blocks) also contributed to the win.
No. 5 Long Beach State 3, No. 1 Pepperdine 2
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Fifth-ranked Long Beach State handed No. 1 Pepperdine its first loss of the season as the 49ers battled back from a 2-1 deficit for a 25-14, 21-25, 21-25, 25-23, 15-11, victory Friday night at the Walter Pyramid.
LBSU (4-3, 3-3 MPSF) had its best defensive performance of the season with 63 digs and a lopsided 22.0-to-9.5 advantage in total team blocks. The 22 blocks were the most by a 49er squad since posting 23 in a five-set match against Hawaii on April 6, 2007. Senior Jeff Ornee led the effort at the net with a career-high 13 blocks, while sophomore Taylor Gregory tied his season best with seven. Sophomore Andrew Sato also picked up a career-high 19 digs in the back row.
Seniors Taylor Crabb and Ian Satterfield carried the load offensively for Long Beach State. Crabb notched his second double-double of the year with 24 kills and 13 digs. He also had five blocks. Satterfield delivered a career-high 19 kills to go along with six digs and six blocks.
Senior Connor Olbright added his first double-double of the year with 56 assists and 10 digs.
Pepperdine fell to 4-1 (4-1 MPSF).
Cal State Northridge 3, No. 4 Southern California 0
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- Damani Lenore had 13 kills and four blocks to lead unranked Cal State Northridge to a 25-19, 25-21, 25-21 home sweep against No. 4 USC in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Friday.
The Matadors improved to 2-3 overall and 2-2 in the MPSF, while USC fell to 4-2 overall and 3-2 in the MPSF,
CSUN served nine aces in the match, including four from Tavis Magorien. The Matadors' Greg Falkner had six blocks to help CSUN post a 12.5 to 6.0 blocking edge.
For USC, Tanner Jansen came off the bench to see his first action of 2014 and responded with a team-best seven kills while hitting .417. Henry Cassiday had 11 digs as USC had 32 digs to CSUN's 19.
The Trojans fell behind midway through each set and never could catch up. Troy was down 8-4 in the first set, 15-12 in the second set and then 14-10 in the final set.
No. 7 BYU 4, No. 6 Stanford 1
PROVO, Utah -- Taylor Sander finished with a game-high 18 kills to lead BYU to a four-set victory (25-20, 19-25, 25-23, 25-21) against Stanford on Friday.
Sander added seven digs and a season-high five blocks, while Carson Heninger finished with 12 kills. Josue Rivera ended with his second double-double of the season, 11 kills and 10 digs, to go along with two service aces.
Devin Young contributed eight kills with a .538 clip and five blocks, with Joseph Grosh adding seven kills on a .545 clip. Tyler Heap finished with 53 assists, while Jaylen Reyes added nine digs.
BYU improved to 5-2 (5-0 MPSF); Stanford fell to 3-3 (0-3 MPSF).
No. 10 Hawaii 3, UC San Diego 0
HONOLULU -- Tenth-ranked Hawaii had by far its easiest match of the year with a straight-set victory against UC San Diego on Friday night in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-15, 25-13, 25-21.
The Rainbow Warriors (4-2, 2-1 MPSF) hardly broke a sweat as the Tritons were mostly at fault. UCSD (0-6, 0-5) hit .000 in each of the first two sets and .067 for the match with 21 errors and 26 kills.
UH hit .353 as a team and posted 10 team blocks and five aces. Outside hitter Sinisa Zarkovic led the way with a team-high nine kills on .375 hitting and two aces. Middle blocker Taylor Averill added eight kills, hitting .636 and a season-high seven blocks while opposite Brook Sedore had eight kills and four blocks.
Nick Iorfino had a team-high eight kills for the Tritons.