Volleyball Opens Season At Charm City Challenge

Aug. 31, 2016

Tournament Information
Location Catonsville, Md. | RAC Arena
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Opponent Delaware State Hornets
Date Friday, September 2, 2016
Time 12:30 p.m.
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Opponent UMBC Retrievers
Date Friday, September 2, 2016
Time 7:00 p.m.
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Opponent Akron Zips
Date Saturday, September 3, 2015
Time 1:00 p.m.
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Kicking Off The Season    
  • The Loyola University Maryland volleyball team opens its 2016 season at the Charm City Challenge, an event they Greyhounds are co-hosting and will be played at UMBC in Catonsville, Maryland.
  • The Greyhounds will face Delaware State in the tournament opener on Friday, Sept. 2, at 12:30 p.m., before taking on the host retrievers at 7 p.m. Loyola’s tournament concludes at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3, against Akron University.

A Look Back    
  • Loyola posted a four-win improvement over the 2014 season by going 6-25 in 2015. The Greyhounds return three players who had 265 or more kills last season: Molly Cichosz (304, 2.90 kills per set), Stacey Kazalas (295, 2.89) and Haley Puddy (265, 2.45).

Lone Star Connection    
  • Two sophomores from the State of Texas – middle blocker Haley Puddy and setter Molly Werts – will be integral parts of the Loyola lineup this season. Both had solid freshman campaigns while leading the team in several statistical categories.
  • Puddy was one of the top blockers in the Patriot League, finishing the year fifth in the conference with 0.99 per set, tops on the team. She also led Loyola with a .299 hitting percentage, second in the League by a freshman.
  • Werts was the Greyhounds’ primary setter throughout the season, logging 734 assists, an average of 7.96 per set. She also posted 250 digs, an average of 2.40 per frame.

New Faces Dot Roster    
  • Four freshman join the 13 returners this season for Head Coach Alijia Pittenger. A pair of outside hitters, Ann Ernst and Zoe Pawlak, a middle, Molly Jarvis, and a defensive specialist, Erin Cunningham, will contribute this season.
  • Pawlak and Cunningham hail from Western Pennsylvania where Pawlak was a two-time Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League AA Player of the Year at Freeport Area High School, and Cunningham was a four-time All-WPIAL honoree at Bishop Canevin High School.
  • Ernst earned All-State honors at Whitney Young High School in Chicago, and Jarvis was an All-Conference and All-Region player as a senior at Atlee, Virginia, in the Richmond area.