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Lehigh Outlasts Volleyball Saturday Afternoon

Oct. 24, 2015

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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.

The Greyhounds ended the 7-0 Lehigh run with a sideout block by Haley Puddy and Danielle Hillman, one of the five they teamed for in the match, but the Greyhounds’ lead had shrunk to 14-11.

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.

Molly Cichosz tied Vhrel for game-high honors with nine kills, leading Loyola in that category. Micah Duzey had 14 digs to lead all players for the Greyhounds.

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.