Aug. 31, 2012
PITTSBURGH - Faye Lukas posted a career-high 19 kills, and Jac Bullock finished two off her best with the same number, as Loyola University Maryland outlasted Providence College and beat the Friars, 25-22, 25-20, 23-25, 23-25, 15-11, on Friday evening at the Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational.
Earlier in the day, the Greyhounds beat Norfolk State, 25-23, 25-14, 25-22, in the tournament's first match.
Loyola (4-2 overall) posted its best hitting percentage of the season in the match, swinging at a .240 clip with 66 kills. In addition to the 38 Bullock and Lukas combined for, Katie Dircks added 10, and Lauren Arnold had nine.
Defensively, Loyola held the Friars (1-6) to a .112 hitting percentage, and limited Providence to a 55-percent success rate on sideout attempts.
Loyola led the entire first set and then trailed only in the early going of set two before Providence captured the third and fourth sets to force a deciding fifth.
The Friars had momentum with a three-point lead, 9-6, after Colleen McCollum put away one of her team-high 18 kills.
After a Loyola timeout, Mindy Maloney got a sideout point for Loyola with a kill. Trailing 9-7 after that swing, Maloney locked up a block on Providence's Mackenzie Ziegler to pull the Greyhounds within a point.
McCollum pushed Providence back up two with a sideout kill, but Andersen registered her only kill of the night to sideout for Loyola. Bullock then had back-to-back kills to tie and give Loyola the lead, and Lukas posted another kill to make the Greyhounds' lead 12-10, forcing a Friars timeout.
The break in the action did not slow Loyola, as Schiffer served an ace, and Bullock put away a kill to give the Greyhounds game point at 14-10.
Providence was able to score a sideout point, but Lukas came back with a kill to end the match.
The Greyhounds are back in action tomorrow on Duquesne's campus when they play the host Dukes at 11 a.m. followed by a 3 p.m. match against Bucknell.