The No. 5 Loyola men’s volleyball team split a pair of games this weekend.
On Feb. 12, the Ramblers fell to No. 9 The Ohio State University Buckeyes three sets to none (25-22, 25-19, 25-22). It was their first loss in seven games and their first in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) conference play.
Strong and precise serving allowed the Buckeyes to control the flow of the game. While the point scoring went back and forth most of the game, untimely runs by the Buckeyes put them in the position to win the match.
Buckeye outside hitter Miles Johnson plagued the Rambler defense, notching 21 kills, a game high.
Sophomore opposite Ricky Gevis led the way for the Ramblers with 11 kills.
The next night Loyola was looking for redemption. On Feb. 13, the Ramblers got back in the win column with a three set win over the McKendree University Bearcats (25-18, 25-19, 25-19).
Unlike the previous match, Loyola was in control the whole time, forcing the Bearcats to scramble much of the time and never settle into their rhythm.
Trevor Novotny led the way for the Ramblers with a career-high 16 kills. Loyola improves to 8-3 overall this season, and 3-1 in the MIVA.
The Ramblers return to action on Feb. 17 with a visit to Ball State in Muncie, Indiana.