The No. 10-ranked Loyola men’s volleyball team (19-7, 12-2) swept Quincy University 3-0 on Saturday night at Gentile Arena. The Ramblers extended their winning streak to six with their win tonight as they head into the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) tournament as the second seed.
It was senior night for the Ramblers as all six seniors received a standing ovation from the crowd as their names blared through the loudspeakers. Loyola head coach Mark Hulse was especially moved tonight as he began his head coaching career at Loyola the same year this year’s seniors started their time at Loyola.
“It’s not lost on me, I’ve been here for a while and my first year as [head coach] was [these seniors began] as a part of the program,” Hulse said. “What they’ve left behind will last for a while.”
The Ramblers were led by senior outside hitter Colin Mahan who put up 10 kills and eight service aces. Junior setter Ian Cowen led the team in assists with 35 while also putting up one kill and seven digs.
The first set was all Loyola as the Ramblers led the Hawks the entire time — their biggest lead consisting of 11 points. Quincy began to mount a small comeback as they traded points with Loyola until senior middle blocker Paul Narup sealed the game with a kill to take the first stanza 25-15.
The second set was back and forth until late in the set when Loyola went on a 5-0 run to take the stanza 25-18. The third set was more of the same with the Hawks keeping it tight until the end of the set where Loyola pulled away with a 6-2 run to take the third and final set 25-20.
With this win the Ramblers improve to 12-2 in MIVA play and lock in their spot as the second seed in the MIVA tournament — Lewis University takes the first seed. Loyola will take on The Ohio State University in the first round of the MIVA tournament. Loyola had beaten the Buckeyes twice earlier in the season and Hulse hopes the Ramblers will continue their winning ways heading into the tournament.
“One game, one point [and] one set at a time that’s what it’s been the whole time,” Hulse said. “I think we know where we want to go … we know that what it takes to get there is a whole lot of work.”
The Ramblers are scheduled to continue start their postseason run April 13 against The Ohio State University at Gentile Arena. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.