The Loyola men’s volleyball team is scheduled to take on Ball State tonight in the MIVA semifinals at 7 p.m. in Gentile Arena.
The Ramblers will be the No. 2 seed heading into the MIVA tournament where they will face No. 7 seed Lindenwood University.
As a first-year member of the Loyola men’s volleyball team, outside hitter Collin Mahan, 21, expected to watch and learn from outside hitter Thomas Jaeschke. Jaeschke ended up leaving Loyola after the 2015 season to play on the U.S. National Team — leaving Mahan to fill his role.
Many athletes have been playing sports for as long as they can remember. But, Loyola men’s volleyball senior middle blocker, 22-year-old Jeff Jendryk, has only been playing volleyball since he was 16 years old. Although playing for six years might seem like a relatively short time, Jendryk said that’s average for midwestern volleyball players.
The Loyola women’s club ice hockey team (9-4-1) won its first conference championship Feb. 27 since joining the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) in 2014.
Southern Illinois advanced to the Arch Madness semifinals with a 67-63 victory over Missouri State March 2.
No. 8 seed University of Evansville (17-14, 7-11) took on No. 9 seed University of Northern Iowa (15-15, 7-11) in the first game of Arch Madness March 1. The Panthers beat the Purple Aces 60-50.
In 2013, Loyola joined the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) and the men’s basketball team finished the season with a record of 4-14 in conference play during the 2013-14 season. Since then, men’s basketball head coach Porter Moser has been rebuilding the program to create a winning culture. Four years later, the Ramblers went 15-3 and won the MVC regular season title this season.