WASHINGTON, D.C. - Loyola University Maryland hit .393 in the third set and .226 for the match, pushing host George Washington University to a fourth set, but the Colonials dealt the Greyhounds a 25-20, 25-21, 18-25, 25-21, loss in Loyola’s final non-conference match of the year.
The Greyhounds (5-10 overall) tied the second set at 19-19 after a George Washington (10-5) service error, but the Colonials got kills from Alexis Lete and Chidima Osuchukwu to take a two-point lead.
Molly Cichosz had one of her match-high 15 kills to get Loyola back within a point, but George Washington scored the next two points, and, after a Haley Puddy-Stacey Kazalas block for the Greyhounds, ended the set on a Loyola service error.
The second-set win gave George Washington a 2-0 advantage in the match, but Loyola jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the third and never trailed in the stanza.
Puddy logged four kills in the first five points of the set, and Stacey Kazalas closed the frame with four in a row.
George Washington drew within three, 21-18, after a Loyola attack error, but four-straight Kazalas kills ended the set and pushed the Colonials to a fourth.
A Greyhounds serving miscue pushed George Washington’s fourth-set lead to six, 13-7, but Loyola would rally to get within a point, 14-13, on a Cichosz kill. The Colonials had a block for a sideout point thereafter, and Puddy put away a kill for a Loyola point to make it 15-14, but George Washington four in a row to separate from the Greyhounds and pull away for the win.
Cichosz led all players with 15 kills, while Kazalas recorded 13 and Puddy had 11. Molly Werts passed out 39 assists for Loyola and had a career-high four service aces.
Micah Duzey pulled up 13 digs for the Greyhounds, and Kazalas recorded 11. Puddy led the Loyola blocking effort with four total.
Osuchukwu and Aaliya Davidson each had 14 kills to pace George Washington.
The match was Loyola’s final regular-season non-conference contest of 2015. The Greyhounds open their third year of Patriot League competition Friday, Sept. 25, when they face Lehigh University on the road at 7 o’clock.