Aug. 27, 2011
CLEMSON, S.C. - Outside hitters Nicole Sarby and Tina Catanach each had 11 kills, and the Loyola University Maryland volleyball team swept South Carolina State, 26-24, 25-22, 25-21, on Saturday morning to give Head Coach Jake Lawrence his first collegiate victory.
The Greyhounds wrap up action in Clemson's Big Orange Bash on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. against Tennessee State. The Tigers defeated South Carolina State, 3-0, as well, on Friday night.
"It was definitely a different type of match than last night,' said Lawrence, who was hired as the Greyhounds' coach this summer after three seasons as an assistant coach at Georgetown. "We needed to be more technical and control the ball, and we did that. We got into some sticky spots in the second set, and we got up big in the third but let them come back, but we kept our composure. That was great to see."
Loyola led throughout the first set, going ahead by as many as six, 20-14, on a South Carolina State attacking error, but the Bulldogs battled back.
Bria Brimmer served an ace, tying the score at 23-23, but the Bulldogs could never get in front.
After a Loyola timeout, Catanach put away a kill, but South Carolina State got a kill of its own to earn a sideout point from Shabree Roberson.
The Greyhounds (1-1, overall), however, put together consecutive points, on a pair of Catanach kills, to warn the first-set victory.
South Carolina State (0-2) went ahead early in the second set, 9-5, but Loyola slowly closed the gap and tied the frame at 17-17 on a Brendell Studnicka ball-handling error. Brimmer had an attack error on the next play to give Loyola its first lead of the set, but Tiffany Ancrum tied things at 18-18 for South Carolina State.
The teams tied things up twice more before Catanach and Mindy Maloney combined to block Roberson to put Loyola ahead by two, a lead the Greyhounds would not relinquish.
Loyola led throughout the entire third set, although the Bulldogs closed to within three, 23-20, after trailing by as many as eight.
Tina Catanach played really well, and Nicole Sarby had a lot of big kills," Lawrence said. "Janet Pressler changed the tenor of the match defensively. When she came into the match, we really played well defensively."
Sarby hit .444 with 11 kills and three errors on 18 attempts, and Catanach recorded her 11 kills with five miscues on 44 swings.
The Greyhounds had six total blocks, led by three from each of their middle blockers, Maloney and Jac Bullock.