HAMILTON, N.Y. - Loyola University built an early first-set lead and won the opening frame Saturday at Colgate University, but the Raiders won the final three sets for a 22-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-17, Patriot League victory.
Haley Puddy put away one of her 12 kills to give the Greyhounds (6-15 overall, 1-4 Patriot League) a 13-8 lead in the first set, but Colgate (6-12, 4-1) rallied to tie the set at 16-16 on a Jaelah Hutchison.
A Loyola attack error gave the Raiders a one-point advantage, one they would also gain on sideout points at 18-17 and 19-18.
Megan Mondon, however, put away a dump for a kill at 19-19, and Loyola took advantage of a Colgate hitting miscue to lead 20-19. Amanda Smith had a Raiders kill for point at 20-20, but Puddy and Corri Waters had back-to-back kills to put the Loyola lead to two.
Colgate would get one back on a Kathleen Harris kill, but Waters and Molly Cichosz teamed for a block, and the Raiders were whistled for a ball-handling error to give Loyola set-point, 24-21. A Colgate block prolonged the set, but the Raiders had a service error to end the frame in Loyola’s favor.
The Raiders’ offense, however, came alive in the next three sets. Colgate hit .402 in the second, third and fourth sets combined, and Loyola had only two brief leads in those stanzas.
Micah Duzey led all players with 17 digs in the match.
Loyola returns to Reitz Arena for its next match, a 7 p.m. affair on Wednesday, Oct. 14, against American University.