Three weeks ago at Blakefield, Calvert Hall,  the defending MIAA A Conference volleyball champion, swept Loyola, 3-0, to hand the Dons their first loss of the season.

On Wednesday afternoon at Calvert Hall, the Dons (7-1, 4-1) turned the tables, sweeping the Cardinals (8-2, 4-2) in three straight, 25-21, 25-21, 25-15, at the Hall.

Ryan Quesenberry had 14 kills for the Dons, while Alec Dauses, Andrew Stromberg and Chris Macon each had nine.  Dauses had three service aces.

Setter Dave Marsh, who had a huge day when the Dons defeated Gilman recently, had another great effort with 40 assists.

“Our defense created good offense today,” said Loyola coach Tim Baier.  “It was a good all around effort.”  

Loyola’s Matt Verderamo had eight digs, and all were big.

“Every hit, we were right there,” said the scrappy libero.  “They’re a very good team; we didn’t let them get on too many runs.”

Stromberg said that the Loyola defense was the key.

“They’re a good team, and they played really well.  Today we got a little revenge.”

Hall coach Anthony Cammarata said that Loyola came in ready to win.

“Dauses was phenomenal, Marsh set the ball, and they used Quesenberry,” said Cammarata.  “They were very aggressive on their serves, and they had less errors than us.”

Loyola faces Mount Saint Joe on Friday, while Calvert Hall has a bye. Gilman visits the Hall next Wednesday, and the Dons visit the Greyhounds next Friday, as the race for the top playoff seeds really heats up.

Currently, Gilman and Loyola each have 4-1 league records, followed by Calvert Hall at 4-2.

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