Aug. 30, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Freshman Rubena Sukaj recorded a match-high 16 kills to lead American University (2-1) to a three-game sweep over the Loyola College volleyball team (0-1) in the Greyhounds' season opener at Bender Arena at Tuesday evening.
The Eagles defeated the Greyhounds by scores of 30-18, 30-9 and 30-25.
The Eagles jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the opening game and never lookedback. Sukaj and senior Cutrina Biddulph combined for 10 kills inthe opening game as the Eagles held the Greyhounds to a .069 hittingpercentage.
American opened the second game with a 10-1 spurt to set the tone for the30-9 win as Liz Maloney registered five kills for the Eagles, whoheld Loyola to a -.071 hitting percentage.
Sukaj hit .429 in the third game with nine kills, including the match-clinching point, to lead the Eagles to a 30-25 win in the decidinggame.
Sukaj was one of two Eagles to record double-figure kills while Biddulphcontributed 13 kills for American, which recorded a .323 hittingpercentage in the match.
Senior Becky Corb registered five kills for the Greyhounds, whowere plagued by 23 errors to finish the match with a -.011 hittingpercentage. Making her collegiate debut, freshman setter MarcelleeWilliams recorded 18 assists and one kill.
The win spoiled the Greyhounds' season opener while giving American CoachBarry Goldberg his 400th career victory.
Loyola continues its four-game road trip this weekend when it travels toFairfax, Virginia for the George Mason Invitational. The Greyhounds opentheir home schedule next Tuesday evening against Coppin State at 7:00 p.m.