Oct. 14, 2005
CLEVELAND - Cleveland State snapped a 15-match losing streak to Loyola in emphatic fashion, sweeping the Ramblers, 30-22, 30-23, 30-25, on Friday night in Woodling Gymnasium. By winning the battle of third-place teams, CSU improves to 12-6 on the year and 4-2 in the Horizon League, while Loyola falls to 5-13 overall and 3-3 in the league.
The Vikings had dropped 23 of the last 24 matches against the Ramblers, none more painful than the five-game setback in last year's Horizon League Championship match.
"Psychologically, this was a huge hurdle for us to finally beat Loyola," CSU head coach Chuck Voss said. "We had a lot of great battles the last couple of years and now we finally have the leadership to make plays when we need them."
After winning the first two games with relative ease, Cleveland State fell behind in the third frame, 12-6. However, the Vikings took control of the game by claiming 13 of the next 17 points to surge ahead, 19-16.
CSU held a commanding .273 to .140 advantage in hitting percentage and was only aced once the entire match. The Vikings out-blocked the Ramblers 9-4, while Loyola had a small edge in digs, 51-45.
"Emily, Alisa [Hatcher] and Katie [Calhoon] did a great job passing tonight and that really allowed Mel [Snyder] to run the offense," Voss pointed out. "When Nikki [Kennedy] brings her `A' game like she did tonight, she's tough to stop."
Keily Zins led the Ramblers with 10 kills, while Ann Deelo posted a match-high 14 digs.
Cleveland State continues its six-match homestand on Saturday as the Vikings host league-leading UIC (10-11, 6-0 HL) in an Alumni Day affair beginning at 4:00 p.m.