BALTIMORE - Molly Cichosz and Haley Puddy combined for 21 kills, but the U.S. Naval Academy defeated Loyola University Maryland volleyball, 25-19, 25-20, 25-20 on Saturday afternoon, drawing the Greyhounds’ season to a close.
Cichosz hit .400 with 11 kills and just one error in 25 swings, and Puddy registered her 10 kills on 23 attacks for the Greyhounds (6-25 overall, 1-15 Patriot League).
Gaby Smith led all players with 12 kills for the Midshipmen, while Rachel Fortner and Sydney Shearn had 14 and 13 digs, respectively, to pace Navy’s 55-dig effort.
After the Midshipmen (9-20, 7-9) won the first set, Molly Werts shot a two-handed kill just over the 10-foot line for a kill to give the Greyhounds a 13-11 advantage in the second, but Navy scored the next seven points, highlighted by three-straight Katie Patrick kills and a solo block by Patrick.
Loyola, however, sided out with a Jane Lukas kill to make the score 18-14, and Cichosz and Puddy had back-to-back kills to draw the Greyhounds within a point. Puddy and Lukas then locked up a block to tie the score at 18-18, and a Patrick attack error pushed Loyola up one.
The teams traded four points, and the score was tied at 20-20 following a Navy service error, but the Midshipmen scored the final five points of the set to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Smith posted three of her kills on consecutive points to push the Midshipmen to set point.
Puddy also had five blocks, while Lukas was in on four, for the Greyhounds, and Micah Duzey posted 13 digs and two service aces.