BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland opened up an early third-set lead and looked to elongate Saturday afternoon’s match, but Lehigh University rallied to win the frame and sweep the Greyhounds, 25-17, 25-14, 25-20.
Loyola (6-19, 1-9 Patriot League) opened up an nine-point lead in the third as the Mountain Hawks (15-11, 7-4) committed six errors in the early going, allowing the Greyhounds to take a 13-4 lead.
Back-to-back hitting errors by the Greyhounds, and a Lehigh point on an Ana Vrhel kill off a Loyola overpass, however, got the Mountain Hawks back within five.
Vrhel and Stephanie Slater then locked up a Lehigh block, forcing a Loyola timeout. Out of the break, Leah Turner put away a kill for the Mountain Hawks, and Emily Develle followed with a service ace.
Loyola held a 17-14 lead on a Vrhel service error, but Lehigh scored consecutive points to get within one, 17-16.
The Mountain Hawks tied the match at 19-19 behind a Slater kill, but Stacey Kazalas responded with a swing for a point to move Loyola back up one.
That was the last point the Greyhounds would score, however, as Turner sided out with a kill, and the Mountain Hawks closed the match with five-straight points.
Loyola hits the road for its next two matches, a pair of Patriot League contests next weekend. The Greyhounds play at the U.S. Military Academy on Friday, Oct. 30, and College of the Holy Cross the next day.