Rival Loyola sweeps boys’ volleyball

By Luke Holthouse

In the Mission League which Loyola has perennially dominated, the boys’ volleyball team has an opportunity to take second place if they finish the next two weeks of league play strong.

Their 5-4 league record trails undefeated powerhouse Loyola. The Wolverines can finish runner-up to the rival Cubs if they win their final three league games.

“What people don’t understand is that Loyola is really good and that was never a plan to win league,” outside hitter Chase Klein ’13 said. “Second in league is pretty much a win for us.”

Loyola has won four straight Mission League Championships and boasts Div. I scholarships to all six starters and the number one ranking in the country by MaxPreps.com.

The Cubs dominated the Wolverines in three straight sets Thursday, April 19.

However, the Wolverines took down Chaminade in four sets on Tuesday, April 17, to win their first other league game since Spring Break.

“That was a really good win,” opposite Charlie Troy ’12 said. “At the beginning of the season, they weren’t good at all, we crushed them in three sets. We went there [last week], and it was a completely different team. I had never seen anything like it, but we rallied and came back to win in four.”

The Wolverines’ remaining two league games are tomorrow at Alemany and Friday against Notre Dame. The Wolverines beat both teams earlier this year in straight sets.

The Wolverines played Crespi yesterday, but results were unavailable at press time.

The Wolverines lost at Crespi earlier this season in four sets. However, before the game, Klein said the team knew what changes to make to beat Crespi.

“Their middles were really dominant against us the first game, and I think if we can shut them down, we’ll have them. It’s a big game, whoever wins has a good shot at getting second in league. We’re going to come out and we’re going to have a gameplan. [We’re] setting ourselves up good for playoffs.”