Sept. 28, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland's volleyball team captured the school's first-ever Patriot League victory on Saturday, defeating Lafayette College, 25-17, 20-25, 25-18, 25-15, at the Leopards' Kirby Sports Center.
Loyola became an official member of the Patriot League on July 1, 2013, and the volleyball team became the school's first team to win a conference contest.
The Greyhounds (4-10 overall, 1-1 Patriot League) hit a season-high .421, posting another season-best with 63 kills. They had just 12 errors on 121 swings. Loyola hit .500 or better in three of the four sets.
Lauren Andersen was three kills shy of a triple-double, as she directed the Loyola offense with 48 assists. She also had 12 digs, matching Micah Duzey for team-high honors. Her seven kills matched her career-high and were the most the junior setter has recorded this season.
Lukas' sister, Jane, had nine kills and a .353 hitting percentage, and senior right-side hitter Simone Reid posted nine kills with just one error on 15 attempts for a .533 mark. Mindy Maloney recorded five kills without an error on nine swings, and she led the Greyhounds with four total blocks.
Loyola opened up a six-point first-set advantage, 19-13, with an 11-5 run started by two Samantha Reeves service aces. After a service error gave Lafayette a sideout point, Jane Lukas put away a kill for Loyola, and Kara Schiffer served two-straight aces for the Greyhounds.
Faye and Jane Lukas both had two kills later in the run, the younger's pair forcing a Leopards' timeout at 19-13. Lafayette drew to within five after the timeout, but it would not get closer in the initial frame.
Loyola had its worst set of the match, swinging at a .184 clip despite 14 kills in the second set. Lafayette took advantage - the Leopards had their best hitting set of the match at .273 in the second - and won the frame to draw even at 1-1 heading into the third.
Lafayette opened the third set with a Samantha Volk service ace to take a 1-0 lead, and it would go up 3-1 on a Karissa Ciliento ace, but it was the only advantage the Leopards would have in either of the final two sets.
Bullock tied the set with one of her 14 kills at 4-4, and she then had an ace on the ensuing point to give Loyola the lead for good.
The Greyhounds hit .527 in the final two sets with just three errors on 55 chances.
Loyola had 51 digs to the Leopards' 41, led by 12 each from Duzey and Andresen. Reeves posted 10, and Schiffer pulled up eight.
Schiffer and Bullock each had four aces, while Faye Lukas and Reeves posted two a piece. The Greyhounds' 12 aces matched their season-high.
The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena for their first home conference matches of the season next weekend. They will host the U.S. Military Academy at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 4, followed by a 2 p.m. match on Saturday afternoon against College of the Holy Cross.