Loyola-Chicago Sweeps DIII Carthage In Regular-Season Opener

1/14/2009

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CHICAGO, Ill. - The Loyola men's volleyball team (1-0) was victorious in its first match of the season, defeating visiting Carthage, 3-0 (30-22, 31-29, 30-28) Wednesday night at Alumni Gym. It was the Ramblers' ninth consecutive season-opening victory, as they improved their all-time record versus the Red Men to 7-0.

Carthage (0-1) was also playing in its season debut and kept the game close early on, tying it at eight all before Loyola went ahead for good. With redshirt junior Matt Adler serving, the Ramblers took a 16-10 lead, before ultimately taking the game 30-22.

Round two proved to be a battle, as the two teams exchanged points for nearly the entire game. With Loyola down late 27-28, junior Krisjanis Berzins notched a kill to even the score and classmate George Kamberos followed with a service ace to give the Ramblers a 29-28 advantage. A service error tied the game at 29, but another kill by Berzins and an attack error on the Red Men sealed the 31-29 victory.

Game three was another nail biter, as neither team ever held more than a two-point advantage. But Loyola again prevailed at the end, as a kill by freshman Mike Bunting and attack error on Carthage gave the Ramblers a 28-26 lead they would not relinquish. A Red Men service error and kill by Bunting gave Loyola the 30-28 win.

Berzins recorded a match-high 15 kills, while Bunting and senior Nick Lamoureux added seven each and redshirt sophomore Michael Hutz tallied a match-high 29 assists and three service aces.

The Ramblers return to action Jan. 23 when they travel to George Mason for a match beginning at 6 p.m. Central.

Article courtesy of Loyola-Chicago athletics.

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