Aug. 27, 2011
CLEMSON, S.C. - Loyola University Maryland won the third set in the final match of Clemson University's Big Orange Bash, but the Greyhounds could not overcome a strong hitting performance in the fourth set by Tennessee State, and the Tigers came away with a 25-15, 25-23, 18-25, 25-19, victory on Saturday afternoon.
Loyola (1-2 overall) led early in the fourth set, but Tennessee State (2-1) went on a 12-5 run to take control of the decisive frame.
The Greyhounds had a chance to even the match at one set apiece when they went up 23-21 on a combined block by Simone Reid and Jac Bullock, but a Loyola attack error and a Tigers' kill tied it up at 23-23.
Terakka Walker wrapped two kills around a Loyola hitting error after that, and Tennessee State closed out the set, 25-23.
Loyola hit .321 (13 kills, 4 errors, 28 attempts) in the third set to take the frame, 25-18, and extend the match to a fourth.
The Greyhounds built a 9-2 lead early in the third, aided by aces from Janet Pressler and Elena Frac and four Tennessee State hitting errors, and they never trailed in the set. The Tigers pulled to within four on two occasions, but they drew no closer.
Tina Catanach recorded her first collegiate double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs, and she was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Pressler had a team-high 12 digs, while Frac added eight. Faye Lukas added nine kills.
The Greyhounds return to action next weekend when they play Morgan State on Friday in the Battle of Baltimore. Friday's matches will take place at Towson, and Saturday's action will be held at Morgan State.