WEST POINT, N.Y. – Ann Ernst had six of her match-high 17 kills in Saturday’s second set to help Loyola University Maryland take the frame from the U.S. Military Academy, but the Black Knights rallied in the third and fourth to defeat the Greyhounds, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 25-14.
The Greyhounds (4-11 overall, 1-3 Patriot League) started the match strong, leading by nine, 17-8, in the first set after a Black Knights’ attack error. Army West Point (11-7, 3-1), however, scored 17 of the final 21 points in the set to go up, 1-0, in the match.
Loyola was not deterred in the second, as it went ahead, 14-10, in the early going on another Black Knights’ offensive miscue. The teams were tied at seven points thereafter until Army West Point scored on a Haven Bethune block to go up one, 22-21.
Out of a timeout, Loyola returned the block as Alisah Cash and Corri Waters teamed to stuff Courtney Horace to knot the score at 22-22. Waters then served aces on back-to-back points, and Loyola took a 24-22 advantage.
Bethune and Vanessa Wesley combined for an Army West Point block, holding off Loyola’s first set-point, but a Bethune service error gave the Greyhounds the set. It was the first time since 2013 – Loyola’s first year in the Patriot League – that it has taken a game off the Black Knights.
Army West Point would ultimately sharpen its offense in the final two sets, hitting .366 and .458, respectively, in the third and fourth to claim the match victory.
Carolyn Bockrath led the Black Knights with 15 kills, hitting .636 with just one error on 22 swings. Amber Clay added 11 kills. Megan Bryn had 19 digs, and Allie Strong posted 18.
Stacey Kazalas logged nine kills for Loyola, hitting .304 in the process. Erin Cunningham had 17 digs, while Molly Werts added 15 to go with 12 assists. Megan Mondan led Loyola with 21 assists.
The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena for home volleyball action next weekend when the host Bucknell University and Colgate University on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9, in a pair of 2 o’clock matches.