Werts, McShea Record Double-Doubles But Volleyball Falls To Lafayette In Four

Oct. 23, 2015

Final Stats

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.

Sophomore Molly Cichosz led the offense with 13 kills and Stacey Kazalas added 11. Defensively, freshman Haley Puddy finished with a match-high seven blocks, while junior Micah Duzey had 17 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.