Thursday, 18 April 2024

NCAA Mens Volleyball

Lewis Men’s Volleyball Celebrates Rae Strong Night; Falls to Loyola

Dylan Mendoza Rae Strong Foundation

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The No. 13 Lewis University men’s volleyball team lost, 3-0, against No. 10 Loyola-Chicago Wednesday (Feb. 14) at Neil Carey Arena.


No. 10 Loyola 8-6 (3-1 MIVA) | No. 13 Lewis 7-5 (2-2 MIVA)


Kills: Max Roquet (Johnston, Iowa/Johnston) (10), Daniel Haber (Remsenburg, NY/Westhampton Beach) (8)

Digs: Christian Prayer (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway North) (7)

Assists: Diego Estrada (Ponce, Puerto Rico/Adianez) (17), Carson Steinbach (Media, Penn./Penncrest HS) (13)

Blocks: Roquet (2), Shawn Baggs (Gilbert, Ariz./Casteel HS) (2)

Aces: Prayer (1), Haber (1), Estrada (1)


Set 1: Loyola 25, Lewis 23

The first set started tight, with Lewis holding a 6-5 lead before Loyola went on a 5-1 run to take a 10-7 advantage. The Flyers charged right back with a 5-1 run of its own capped off by a service ace from Estrada.

Later in the set, a 9-3 push from the Ramblers put Loyola ahead, 23-18. Lewis took five of the next six points, including two kills and a block assist from Roquet but a kill by the Ramblers finished the opening set win.

Set 2: Loyola 25, Lewis 23

The receiving team took each of the first 11 points in the second set until a block by the Ramblers gave it a 7-5 lead. A service error and kill by Prayer brought the Flyers back into a tie and things continued to go back-and-forth from there.

Lewis was finally able to take the lead at 20-19 after kills from Haber and Roquet, and went up 22-20 with an ace by Prayer. Loyola responded to take five of the last six points and earned the set win with a kill.

Set 3: Loyola 25, Lewis 19

The Flyers took two of the first three points including a kill by Michael Sack (Oak Lawn, Ill./St. Laurence) but the Ramblers then scored five of the next seven to go ahead, 6-4. A kill and an ace by Haber tied the score before a 3-0 Loyola push regained the lead for the Ramblers, 9-6.

Lewis was able to get back within one but later a 5-1 charge from Loyola with four kills put some cushion on the lead at 17-12. The Flyers battled back by taking three of the next four on kills by Nathan DeGraaf (Cranberry Township, Penn./Seneca Valley HS), Baggs and Roquet.

Another 3-1 run for Lewis got the Flyers within two, 21-19, but the Ramblers then scored the final four points with three more kills to take the match.


Lewis men’s volleyball hosts Lindenwood Friday (Feb. 16) at 7 p.m. CT at Neil Carey Arena for ‘Fan Choice Night.’


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