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VARSITY VOLLEYBALL OUTLASTS CALVERT HALL, MOVES ONTO MIAA FINALS
10/31/2013

In one of their most spectacular finishes all year, fifth-seeded Varsity Volleyball upset first-seeded Calvert Hall 3-2 (25-16, 25-21, 16-25, 18-25, 15-12) inside the Gelston Athletic Center at Boys' Latin School last night in the MIAA semifinals.

It took all five sets to determine what at first looked like a romp by the Dons as they went up 2-0 early on.

The first set started off in Loyola's favor as they breezed to a 5-1 lead. Loyola maintained a decent lead throughout and took the first set 25 -16.

The second set proved a little more difficult for the Dons to capture, but a late push and some key errors up front by Calvert Hall helped the Dons capture the win 25-21.

Calvert Hall dominated the third set 25-16 giving Loyola few chances to catch up.

The fourth set was close at first, but Calvert Hall pulled away late with a 25-18 win, their players making some spectacular plays, diving all over the court to keep their hopes alive.

In the fifth set, each point on either side evoked a reaction by the crowd greater than the one before, and by the end everyone's eardrums were ringing. The back and forth banter between the student sections of Let's Go Dons and Let's Go Hall was well at its peak for the night. Every point mattered in this shortened 15-point set.

Calvert Hall took the first major lead, going up 7-4. However, Loyola wasn't down and out yet. They managed to gain possession back and tie it up 8-8. From there, the Dons took a 12-9 lead and never lost it as they ended the match with a 15-12 fifth-set win.

"We came out very relaxed and played very well from the start. Calvert Hall made some personnel changes and really turned things around in games 3 and 4," said Head Coach Tim Baier. "In the fifth set we were able to relax and have fun again, which was the key to victory."

Jake "The Snake" Cohen led the team with 13 kills. Jameer Green and Ryan Floyd were strong middles with 11 and 9 kills respectively. Colin Llewellyn added to the offense with 9 kills. There was also some outstanding defense by Giovanni Petronelli, Tyler Gleeson and Mike Surine.

Loyola will take on 2nd-seeded Gilman for the MIAA title on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Gelston Athletic Center at Boys' Latin School.

VARSITY VOLLEYBALL DEFEATS ST. PAUL'S IN QUARTERFINALS
10/29/2013

The crowd was electric on both sides of the court in St. Paul's Middleton Athletic Facility during last night's MIAA quarterfinal matchup, but by the end, the only cheer left to be heard was Roll Dons, Roll! as fifth-seeded Loyola Varsity Volleyball, looking like its old self, upset fourth-seeded St. Paul's 3-0 (25-23, 25,21, 25-20).

The Dons started off strong, taking a nice 12-5 lead over St. Paul's in the first set, but began losing their rhythm as St. Paul's came back to lead 22-18. With a timeout to regroup, the Dons came back to win the first set 25-23. 

From there, a back-and-forth struggle pursued for the next two very close sets, but it was Loyola who came out on top of both.

Some of Loyola's top performers from last night include senior outside hitter Jake Cohen, setter Danny Finley, middle hitter Jameer Green and junior middle hitter Ryan Floyd.

After back-to-back undefeated seasons in 2011 and 2012, Loyola was hoping for another easy ride to its fourth consecutive MIAA title. This wasn't meant to be with a rough 3-5 start to the 2013 season which also put an end to their record-breaking win streak. 

However, the team pulled together and bounced back in the second half of the season going 5-3 to even their regular season record at 8-8, allowing them a spot in the playoffs. St. Paul's went 2-0 against Loyola during the regular season.

It's safe to say this Loyola team is beginning to look a lot like the group that won the MIAA title for the past three years, and they've come about just in the nick of time.

Loyola will continue their quest for a four-peat as they face #1 Calvert Hall (14-2) in the semifinals at 6 p.m. tomorrow night at Boys' Latin. Loyola went 1-1 against Calvert Hall during the regular season.

In Other MIAA Volleyball News 

Sixth-seeded Mt. St. Joe's upset third-seeded Boys' Latin 3-1 and will move on to face #2 Gilman at 8 p.m. tomorrow night.

 

VARSITY VOLLEYBALL WILL TRY FOR A GRAND SLAM THIS SEASON
8/22/2013

 


The 2013 varsity volleyball team will pursue its fourth straight MIAA championship this season. The team graduated a total of nine seniors from last year’s undefeated (18-0) squad including Bennett Bradley (U.S. Military Academy, Lacrosse) and Devin McNamara (Villanova, Lacrosse). There will be a lot of fresh faces this year to take up the fight.

The team returns one starter, senior outside hitter Jake Cohen, who along with returning seniors Jameer Green, Danny Finley, Gio Petronelli, Ryan McGarvey and junior Collin Llewellyn will look to continue the winning ways with a balanced attack and consistent serving and defense.

Varsity volleyball has won the "A" Conference title six out of the last nine years in the MIAA. Combining last season's undefeated record with their 20-0 season in 2011, the Dons are on a record-breaking winning streak as well.

Be sure to look out for scores, news and highlights on the Volleyball page throughout the season.