Volleyball Rallies To Beat Lafayette In Five

Sept. 7, 2011

Final Stats

EASTON, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland's volleyball team fought back from a 2-sets-to-1 deficit on the road Wednesday night and defeated host Lafayette College, 25-21, 21-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-11, in non-conference action at the Kirby Sports Center.

Lauren Andersen posted a career-high 46 assists in the match, while Faye Lukas banged out a career-best 16 kills. Tina Catanach matched her career-best with 17 kills, and Jac Bullock added nine.

Mindy Maloney had a career-high eight total blocks, three of the solo variety, and six kills.

"It was good to see (us) fight and come from behind and battle," Head Coach Jake Lawrence said. "We were playing very high-error volleyball throughout the first three games. We stepped back a little bit and played good aggressive volleyball, and forced Lafayette to make errors."

After a strong offensive set in the first, a 25-21 decision in Loyola's favor, the Greyhounds struggled to maintain consistency in the second and third frames. They had 13 and 12 kills, respectively, in those sets, but they hit just .176 and .106 with seven errors in both.

Lafayette, which won the second set, 25-21, found itself in a tight spot, down 22-17 after a Carnissa Beghou attack error late in the third set, but the Leopards rallied from that point.

A Loyola attack error gave Lafayette a sideout point and was the first of seven straight points for the Leopards. They went up 24-22 before Loyola was able to sideout, and Lafayette went on to win the third, 25-23, to take a 2-sets-to-1 advantage.

The Greyhounds (3-5, overall) did not fold in the fourth set, instead playing aggressively and reducing their errors. A Lafayette block closed the fourth-set score to 14-12, but Loyola scored four of the next five points to go up by five.

An Andersen ace gave Loyola a 20-14 advantage, and Lafayette committed two hitting errors after it called a timeout. The Leopards drew to within six, 23-17, but Bullock put away a kill, and Maloney combined with Nicole Sarby for a block to close out the set, 25-17.

Lafayette (3-2) scored the first three points of the fifth set, but the Leopards then committed a serving error followed by an attack error, and Maloney and Sarby combined for a block to tie the set at 3-3.

Loyola scored three more points, the final two on a Catanach kill and a Maloney-Catanach block, to go ahead by three, 6-3, forcing a Leopards' timeout.

Lafayette scored the next point, but Andersen recorded her lone kill of the match, and Maloney had two more blocks, one assisted by Catanach, to push the Greyhounds' advantage to 9-5.

"Mindy was huge in the fifth game," Lawrence said. "She had three blocks and a kill, and that completely swung the game."

The Leopards did not go away, rallying to tie the match at 11-11 on a Greyhounds' attacking error, but Lukas had back-to-back kills to give Loyola a 13-11 cushion.

"Faye struggled early on, but she came back to have two huge ills in game five that probably she could only get," Lawrence said.

After Lukas' two kills, Sarby had a kill, and the Greyhounds forced a Lafayette attack error for match point.

The Greyhounds had one of their better defensive games of the young season against Lafayette, recording a season-high 73 digs. Five players had 10 or more digs, led by Janet Pressler's career-high 19. Catanach added 15, and Elena Frac had 13, while Andersen chipped in 11, and Sarby added 10.

The Greyhounds continue non-conference action in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania this weekend when they participate in the Villanova Classic. They play TCU at 5 o'clock on Friday, the host Wildcats at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Colgate at 5 p.m. later that day.