LORETTO, Pa. - Three Loyola University Maryland players had 11 or more kills, and the Greyhounds swept host Saint Francis University, 25-23, 25-21, 25-22, to close play at the Red Flash Classic.
The win avenged a three-set loss to Saint Francis two weeks ago in the Greyhound Classic.
Mindy Maloney added 11 kills, four total blocks and an ace for the Greyhounds.
The Greyhounds led by as many as five in the first set only to see the Red Flash rally to tie the score at 19-19 on a Loyola attack error. Corri Waters momentarily put the Greyhounds back in front, but Saint Francis sided out, this time knotting he score at 20-20.
Sophie Murdock and Alanna Blenkarn put up a block for a Red Flash point, giving Saint Francis its first lead of the match, 21-20, but consecutive kills by Kazalas and Lauren Youngblood gave the Greyhounds the lead back.
The teams traded sideouts for a tie at 23-23, but two miscues by the Red Flash pushed Loyola a 25-23 set win and 1-0 lead in the match.
Midway through the second stanza, Loyola turned a 10-9 lead into a 15-9 advantage on the serve of Duzey. She had an ace sandwiched between two Kazalas kills, and Maloney put away a Saint Francis overpass to make it a six-point Greyhounds' lead.
The Red Flash would get within three, 21-18, but Maloney logged a kill on set point to give the Greyhounds a 2-0 match advantage.
After a Kazalas ace in the third set made it 4-2 Loyola, three Saint Francis attack errors pushed the Greyhounds in front five.
They stretched their lead to 17-9 on a Lukas kill, but Saint Francis would claw back within a pair, 23-21 on a Hannah Kutny kill.
Youngblood and Maloney locked up a block on Emily Marcinowski to move the lead back to three, and after a Loyola hitting error, Kazalas logged her 13th kill on match point to give the Greyhounds the victory.
Youngblood had a career-best five kills and two blocks in the match, while Waters logged four kills and two blocks.
The Greyhounds wrapped up regular-season non-conference play with the match and start Patriot League action at home on Thursday, September 25, at 7 o'clock against Lehigh University in Retiz Arena.