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Solid Hitting Leads Volleyball To 5-Set Win Over Quinnipiac

Sept. 5, 2014

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BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland had three hitters posted 10 or more kills and the Greyhounds hit .294 as a team to hold off Quinnipiac University 20-25, 25-22, 25-20, 18-25, 15-10, on Friday night in the third-annual Greyhound Challenge presented by Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys and Hunt Valley Inn.

Molly Cichosz and Mindy Maloney had career-highs with 25 and 16 kills, respectively, and Jane Lukas added 10 kills for the Greyhounds.

Cichosz, who last weekend became the first Loyola freshman since 2004 to post 20 or more kill sin a match when she had 22 Saturday against La Salle University, hit .347 with just eight errors on 49 swings from the outside.

Maloney also had a career-high with 14 kills last weekend against the Explorers and hit .429 on 28 attempts versus Quinnipiac (1-4 overall). Lauren Andersen had 54 assists and eight digs.

The Bobcats led 1-0 to start the deciding fifth set, but it was the only advantage they would hold in the final frame as two Cichosz kills, a Maloney ace and a Quinnipiac hitting error put the Greyhounds in front, 4-1.

Sierra Dawson tied the score at 4-4 with an ace for Quinnipiac, but Loyola reeled off four in a row behind three-straight Cichosz kills and a Bobcats miscue to push the Greyhounds' advantage to 8-4 at the side change.

Maloney later made it 12-6 Loyola, and while Quinnipiac got to within three, 13-10, after a Nicole Milillo ace, a Loyola timeout stemmed the Bobcats' run, and a Milillo service error and a Maloney kill closed the win for the Greyhounds (1-3).

Quinnipiac won the first set and looked poised to win the second when it took a 15-14 lead on a Loyola attack error, but Loyola scored two in a row. After a Tanner Celestin kill for a Quinnipiac sideout evened the set at 16-16, Corri Waters had a Loyola kill in front of a Quinnipiac miscue and Anna Eckstein ace that pushed Loyola's lead to 19-16.

Loyola hit a match-high .451 in the second set with 16 kills and only two errors.

Defensively, Loyola outpaced the Bobcats with 62 errors to 48. Kara Schiffer led the Greyhounds with 16, Micah Duzey had 14, and Stacey Kazalas added 10.

Loyola returns to the court at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning to face Dartmouth College. The Big Green was a four-set winner Friday over Saint Francis University of Pennsylvania. Quinnipiac will play Saint Francis at 1:30 p.m. and Dartmouth at 4 o'clock. The Greyhounds and Saint Francis wrap up the Challenge at 7 p.m.