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Former WWS teammates meet in NCAA tourney

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 11:13 a.m. CDT
(Photo provided by Mark Selders/Penn State Athletics)
Penn State's Matt Callaway hits the ball during a match against George Mason this season. The Wheaton Warrenville South graduate faced former teammate Thomas Jaeschke when the Nittany Lions squared off against Loyola in a NCAA tournament semifinal on May 1.

CHICAGO – Two Wheaton Warrenville South graduates matched up against each other in the 2014 NCAA men’s volleyball semifinals last week.

Thomas Jaeschke and Matt Callaway were both starters on the Tigers’ 2012 undefeated state champion squad and are now members of the teams at Loyola University and Penn State, respectively.

On Thursday, the two teams met up with a berth in the national championship match on the line with Loyola prevailing in five games, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 18-25, 15-11.

Jaeschke notched a career-high 24 kills to go along with 13 digs. Callaway totaled two kills.

Loyola went on to win its first NCAA men’s volleyball title after beating Stanford in four games Saturday. Jaeschke contributed 12 kills in the championship match.

On the season, Jaeschke, a sophomore outside hitter for the Ramblers, led the team in kills with 321. He also tied for the team lead in digs with 185 while adding 29 blocks and 27 aces.

Callaway was a redshirt freshman for the Nittany Lions and played in all 32 matches as a middle and opposite side hitter. He totaled 140 kills and a team-high 89 blocks.

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