Men’s volleyball team finally off the schneid
Getting a new athletic program off the ground is never easy. The Loras men’s volleyball team’s inaugural season has been no exception.
The Duhawks dropped a pair of matches to Lakeland and No. 1-ramled Stevens on Sunday, but not before kicking off the weekend with wins over Trinity International and Calumet College of St. Joseph on Friday in Deerfield, Ill.
Loras got off to a rocky 0-8 start through the first month of the season, and it was beginning to look as if that elusive first victory would never materialize. Led by first-year Jimmy Combs’ 4 aces and 9 kills against Trinity, the Duhawks seized the momentum early. Loras took a 25-12 victory in their first game against Trinity, and carried it through to a 3-1 final in the match, and earned their long-awaited first win.
Senior Michael Kreiser led the Duhawks in kills against Trinity, tallying 15.
Later in the day, Loras would add another victory, downing Calumet 3-0. Krieser notched 6 service aces against Calumet, and first-year TJ Esporas led the team with 8 kills.
Service was a strength for Loras on Friday, with the Duhawks laying down 21 service aces over the two games. In their ten losses combined, the Duhawks have managed only 30.
While Trinity and Calumet are both winless on the season, the victories should provide Loras with some much needed confidence for the second half of the season.
The Duhawks will travel to Missouri on Friday to take on the Fontbonne Griffins, before heading to Cincinnati on Sunday for a match with the Mount St. Joseph Lions.