Sept. 24, 2003
BALTIMORE - Despite making a furious comeback by winning Games Three and Four to force a deciding fifth game, Loyola's volleyball team suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to local rival Morgan State Wednesday night at Reitz Arena.
Morgan State took advantage of some Loyola miscues in Games One and Two as the Bears rolled to relatively easy 30-23 and 30-25 victories, respectively, for a seemingly commanding 2-0 lead. However, head coach Jen Briggs' Greyhounds fought back through cutting down on some unforced errors over the next two games and reversed their fortunes as they handed Morgan 30-25 and 30-24 losses to push the match to a Game Five.
The Bears regrouped in the decider, jumped out on the 'Hounds early 4-1 to gain control, and then used a 6-0 run to close out the game by a score of 15-8, and the match.
Loyola was led by sophomore Becky Corb's match-high 20 kills and 11 digs along with Susanna Leffers' 17 kills and 11 digs in the defeat. Senior Katie Pruitt recorded a key nine kills, with many of those coming in clutch situations during games three through five, while fellow senior Megan Maguire recorded a match-high 27 digs.
Morgan was fueled by the play of star senior Tiffany Oliver, who finished with 18 digs. Most importantly for the Bears, Oliver registered a kill just about every time the Bears needed one and pulled her squad through a number of trying spots over the course of the match.
Loyola falls to 1-14 on the season as Morgan improves to 4-10.
The Greyhounds return to action next Tuesday, September 30th at 7 p.m. when they welcome another local rival and this time national-power, Towson University, to Reitz Arena.