BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland volleyball team dropped a four-set match to Lafayette Friday night at Reitz Arena.
Freshman Molly Werts and junior Kelly McShea led the Greyhounds (6-18, 1-8 Patriot League) with a pair of double-doubles. Werts dished out 23 assist and finished with 15 digs to record her eighth career double-double, while McShea picked up her first of the season with 16 assists and 10 digs.
For Lafayette (11-10, 3-7), Elizabeth Walsh led all players with 15 kills and Lauren Pisauro had a match-high 19 digs. Maria Balus dished out 39 assist.
A four-point Leopard run midway through the first set gave Lafayette a 17-13 advantage, which the Greyhounds were unable to recover from. The two squads traded points after the run, but back-to-back Greyhound attack errors gave the Leopards a 25-19 set victory.
The second set was a back-and-forth affair, featuring 15 tie scores and eight lead changes. With the score knotted at 19 all, a Leopard block and kill, respectively, gave Lafayette a 21-19 advantage. An attack error brought the Greyhounds within one, 21-20, before back-to-back points for Lafayette put the Leopards up, 22-20. Puddy landed a kill to move the score to 23-21, but that would be Loyola’s last point, as the Leopards went on to win, 25-21.
Loyola built its momentum as it went through the third frame. Up 8-7, the Greyhounds used a kill from Kazalas to keep the Leopards from tying the score, before extending their lead to three, at 11-8. Loyola would not allow Lafayette to come any closer than the two points before using a 7-2 run to turn a 15-13 advantage into a 22-15 lead. Following kills from Kazalas and Werts, the Leopards fought off Loyola’s first set-point opportunity, 24-19, but a kill from Cichosz on the next play secured the Greyhounds’ win, 25-19.
The fourth set was once again a battle with nine tied scores early on. Down 17-16 though, Loyola was unable to recover from a four-point run that pushed the Leopards ahead, 21-16. Puddy and Cichosz combined for a block to halt the streak, but another three-straight points for Lafayette put the Leopards up 24-17 and the match out of reach for Loyola, as Lafayette earned a 25-19 victory.
The Greyhounds will return to action on Saturday as they host Lehigh at 2 p.m.