NEWARK, Del. - Loyola University Maryland volleyball lost a pair of matches Friday on the first day of the University of Delaware Invitational, the first in five sets to Sacred Heart University and later in three to the host Blue Hens.
The Pioneers rallied from a two-sets-to-one deficit for a 17-25, 25-13, 20-25, 17-15 victory. Delaware (7-5) overall defeated the Greyhounds (5-8), 25-14, 25-7, 25-18.
Sacred Heart built a 13-11 lead in the fifth set before Molly Cichosz sided out for the Greyhounds with a kill to get Loyola within a point. The Pioneers, however, got to match point, 14-12, on a Sarah Krufka killa.
Haley Puddy, however, had a kill to sideout for Loyola, and she then posted a solo block to tie the set at 14-14. A Cichosz kill gave the Greyhounds a 15-14 lead and their own chance at match point.
The Pioneers were the benefactors of a service error to tie the set for a 10th time, and they took the lead a moment later on a block by Katie Direnzo and Bruna Bon. Sacred Heart closed the match on the next point after an offensive error by the Greyhounds.
Krufka led all players with 21 kills, hitting .385 along the way. Tori Kemper posted 12 kills for the Pioneers, and Bon had 10.
In the day's finale, Delaware hit .396 with 41 kills and just eight errors, and the Blue Hens held Loyola to a .083 hitting percentage.
Autumn Jenkins and Alexa Swann posted 11 and 10 kills, respectively, for Delaware, while Cichosz and Puddy had eight each to lead the Greyhounds.
Loyola closes action in the tournament on Saturday at 10 a.m. with a match against fellow Baltimore school Morgan State University.