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Werts Triple-Double Leads Volleyball Over Manhattan In Four

Sept. 11, 2015

Editor's Note: After a review of the statistics, an error was noted by the Manhattan staff in which a Jaspers player was incorrectly listed as having played in the match. In correcting this error, Molly Werts was given her 10th kill (as confirmed by the match's video feed), and this is the second edition of this story.

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Molly Werts recorded a statistical triple-double Friday afternoon for the Loyola University Maryland volleyball team as the freshman setter logged 10 kills, 31 assists and a match-high 15 digs to help the Greyhounds win their opening match of the UMES Fall Fling sponsored by Courtyard, 25-22, 18-25, 25-16, 25-20, over Manhattan College.

Werts' feat marks the first time this century that a Loyola player has posted 10 or more in three statistical categories. Last year, only 27 triple-doubles were recorded nationwide by NCAA Division I players. She logged the 10 kills with just one error in 13 attempts, posting a .692 hitting percentage, the best by a Loyola player since Mindy Maloney hit .812 (13-0-16) against the U.S. Naval Academy on Oct. 16, 2013.

The Texas native was one of four Loyola players to post double-digit kills in the match. Stacey Kazalas (12), Haley Puddy (12) and Molly Cichosz (11) as Loyola hit .271 against the Jaspers (5-5).

Puddy added a career-high seven total blocks, while Alisah Cash was in on four, and Kazalas assisted on three.

Werts scored Loyola's 11th and 13th points of the afternoon on kills, helping the Greyhounds (4-5) jump out to a 14-8 advantage before Manhattan scored nine of the next 11 points to lead, 17-16, after a Loyola hitting miscue.

The Greyhounds called timeout following the error and a Manhattan service error gave them a sideout point, and Cichosz tied the match at 17-17 with a kill before a Jaspers ball-handling error and an Anna Eckstein serve made it a two-point Loyola lead.

Manhattan would tie the set, 20-20, on a Milena Janjusevic kill, but three-straight Greyhounds points forced a Jaspers timeout at 23-20. Manhattan rallied for two points out of the timeout, but Kazalas and Corri Waters put away kills to end the set in the Greyhounds' favor.

The Jaspers scored the first five points of the second set and cruised to a 25-16 win in the frame, knotting the match at 1-1, but a Werts kill in the third set tied the stanza at 5-5 and started a run of 10-straight Greyhounds points.

Loyola led 14-5 after that run, and Manhattan would get no closer than four as the Greyhounds took a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth, Loyola would break a 7-7 deadlock in the third as Cichosz and Puddy wrapped kills around a Manhattan attack error to give the Greyhounds the lead for the rest of the set.

Waters and Cash each had four kills for Loyola, and Eckstein and Micah Duzey each posted eight digs.

The win was Loyola's third in a row, marking the first time the Greyhounds have won three-straight since it strung together four-consecutive Sept. 7-12.

Loyola continues action in the tournament on Saturday with a pair of matches. The Greyhounds face host Maryland Eastern Shore at 12 noon before wrapping up its weekend at 4 p.m. against North Carolina Central University.