Aug. 25, 2012
MORGANTOWN, W.V. - The Loyola University Maryland volleyball team split its final two matches of the Mountaineer Invitational to finish second overall. The Greyhounds (2-1 overall) picked up a 3-1 (25-18, 12-25, 25-19, 25-10) win over Saint Francis (Pa.) in today's first match, before being swept by West Virginia (25-16, 25-23, 25-21) in the final contest.
Loyola (2-1 overall) used a 9-1 run midway through its first set with the Red Flash to extend a 12-11 lead to a 21-12 advantage and a 25-18 victory.
Saint Francis regrouped in the second set, stringing together three five-point runs to pull away, 22-10, en route to a 25-12 win that tied the set at 1-1.
The Greyhounds showed steady improvement defensively though, holding the Red Flash to a -.162 attack percentage in a 25-19 third-set win. The defense continued to hold its ground in the fourth frame as Loyola’s attack connected for a .458 hitting percentage, carrying the squad to a dominating 25-10 victory.
Against the Mountaineers, junior Jac Bullock, sophomore Tina Catanach and Lukas each knocked down seven kills and Anderson handed out another 22 assists. Defensively, Pressler had a team-high nine digs.
The Greyhounds were within striking distance midway through the first set with West Virginia. Despite being down six, 12-6, Loyola worked to come within two at 14-12, but the Mountaineers went on to score 11 of the final 15 points for a 25-16 win.
A service ace from Bullock capped a 5-0 Greyhound run that gave Loyola a brief 7-6 lead in the second frame, but West Virginia responded with an 8-0 streak that put the Mountaineers ahead, 17-8. Loyola continued to fight though, tying the game at 19, although the Greyhounds were unable to take the lead. Down 23-22, West Virginia landed a kill to earn its first set point. Junior Simone Reid answered with a kill for the Greyhounds to prolong the frame, but it wasn’t enough as another kill for the Mountaineers gave them a 25-23 victory.
The third set was a back-and-forth battle, featuring 11 tie scores and seven lead changes. With the score knotted at 21 though, West Virginia strung together the final four points it needed to claim the match, 25-21.
Loyola will return to action next weekend when it heads to Pittsburgh, Pa., for the Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational. On Friday, the Greyhounds will play Norfolk State (11 a.m.) and Providence (4 p.m.), before taking on Duquesne (11 a.m.) and Bucknell (3 p.m.) on Saturday.