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IPFW volleyball 'gives up' in home loss to Loyola

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Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 6:54 am

Coach Arnie Ball had nothing to say to his IPFW men's volleyball team after getting swept.

He was just that disgusted with how it played.

IPFW failed to hit more than a .200 attack percentage in any game as it lost to No. 11 Loyola 25-21, 25-20, 25-14 on Wednesday at the Gates Center.

"I don't know [what to say to them]," Ball said. "I've tried to be nice. I've yelled. I don't know. I've got to try to figure out what to do between now and tomorrow."

With this loss, IPFW (12-12, 4-9 MIVA) extends its conference losing streak to three matches. In addition, the Mastodons are now locked into the No. 6 seed for the upcoming MIVA Tournament and will have to play its quarterfinals match on the road next week.

Loyola -- which has now clinched at least the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament -- out-hit IPFW .371 to .128 and held the Mastodons to a match-low .043 attack percentage in the third game. The 11-point loss in the final game also tied for the Mastodons' largest margin of defeat in conference play this season.

"That last set we gave up," Ball said.

Despite the third-game loss, the Mastodons had opportunities to win the first two games.

The Mastodons and Ramblers (19-8, 10-3 MIVA) were tied at 19 in the opening game before Loyola closed it out on a 6-2 run. IPFW jumped out to a 6-1 lead to open the second game but could not maintain the lead.

"They are a very good team," Ball said. "We were tied and we made three or four unforced errors. We gave them the game."

Outside attacker Eddie Rivera in the loss had a team-high 14 kills. The junior was the only IPFW player to finish the match with more than seven kills.

Loyola's All-American outside attacker Joseph Smalzer led all players with 17 kills and a .538 attack percentage.

Middle attacker Eric Daliege added a match-high five blocks as the Ramblers out-blocked the Mastodons 12-5.

IPFW will close out its regular season with a home match against defending MIVA champion Lewis at 7 p.m. Saturday.