No. 15 Loyola-Chicago Trounce Mercyhurst, 3-0

3/15/2008

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Chicago, Ill. - George Kamberos rattled off eight service aces to tie a Loyola single-match record and help lead No. 15 Loyola University Chicago past MIVA foe Mercyhurst, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Gym.

The Ramblers won in three games by scores of 30-22, 30-17, 30-14. With the win the Ramblers improve to 12-9 overall and 5-3 in conference action, while the Lakers fall to a 3-15 overall mark and 0-8 in the MIVA.

Game one was close early on, but the Ramblers gained control quickly as Ian Anderson and Nick Lamoureux knocked down a pair of kills separated by a Kamberos service ace to give Loyola a 7-4 lead. Up 21-17, the Ramblers broke the game open as they took an eight-point lead (25-17) on back-to-back kills by Anderson followed by a Michael Morice service ace. The hosts would go on to claim a 30-22 win over Mercyhurst.

The second game was all Loyola, as the Ramblers jumped out in front of the visiting Lakers, 14-8, on a couple miscues by the Lakers. The Ramblers would extend their lead to ten (21-11) and never look back. Loyola continued to dominate and cruised to a 30-17 victory.

Game three was much of the same, as Kamberos notched five of his eight aces in the third game. The Ramblers got on board first and never relinquished their lead. Kamberos rattled off four service aces to give the Ramblers an 18-point lead (27-9). His eight aces tie a Loyola single-match record that was set by Ryan Martin in 2006. With their starters removed from the game, Mario Jez knocked down his first-career kill en route to a 30-14 Rambler victory.

Kamberos led the Ramblers with eight service aces, three kills, two assists and a pair of digs. Morice notched a season-high nine kills and recorded a couple of aces as Anderson pounded out a match-high 17 kills. Lamoureux joined Anderson in double-figures with 10 kills.

The Ramblers are back at it on Friday, March 21 when they host No. 11 Ohio State. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

Article courtesy of Loyola-Chicago athletics.

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