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Strong Hitting Performance Lifts Volleyball Past Saint Francis

Sept. 8, 2015

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BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland hit a season-high .330, and the Greyhounds did not allow Saint Francis (Pennsylvania) University to score more than 18 points in a set, in a 25-18, 25-18, 25-16, win over the Red Flash on Tuesday night in Reitz Arena.

Stacey Kazalas hit .378 with 15 kills and just one error in 37 swings for the Greyhounds, while Molly Cichosz posted 11 kills (11-3-25, .320) and Haley Puddy had nine (9-1-17, .471).

Puddy also led the Greyhounds’ blocking effort with five total stuffs, teaming with Cichosz four times and recording a solo effort.

Molly Werts dished out 36 assists to go with four kills and nine digs; Micah Duzey had 14 digs, and Anna Eckstein pulled up 12 as Loyola had 54 overall, a season-high for a three-set match.

Saint Francis opened the match on a high note with Maria Cup service an ace for the Red Flash, but Loyola scored 11 of the next 15 points to take a six-point advantage, 11-5, on a Kazalas kill. The Red Flash would get within three on two following occasions, but that was as close as it would draw in the opening frame.

Loyola did not trail in the second set and built a nine-point advantage, 16-7, on a Werts kill. The Greyhounds also did not trail in the third and hit .591 in the final set to pull away for the win.

The Greyhounds’ .330 hitting percentage was its best since the 2013 season when it posted a .421 mark in a four-set win at Lafayette College on Sept. 28.

Loyola heads back on the road for tournament play this weekend when it will travel to the Delmarva Peninsula to play in the UMES Fall Fling sponsored by Courtyard in Princess Anne, Maryland, on Friday-Saturday, Sept. 11-12.