BALTIMORE – Less than 24 hours after committing 32 hitting errors and giving up 26 points on serve-receive miscues, Loyola University Maryland hit 116 points higher and were much cleaner in serve-receive Saturday afternoon against Lehigh University. The Mountain Hawks, however, posted a 25-21, 25-23, 25-20 Patriot League victory over the Greyhounds.
Loyola hit .261 against Lehigh – as opposed to a .145 mark Friday night versus Lafayette College – and committed 10 fewer errors in serving and receiving, but the Mountain Hawks sided out at a 66 percent rate and were slightly better in both of those fields Saturday.
Lehigh hit .279 with only 10 hitting errors, posted seven total blocks to the Greyhounds’ two, and made just three service errors.
The score was tight in all three sets with neither team leading by more than four at any point, and Loyola looked to break through late in the second frame.
Ann Ernst put used a Lehigh overpass to put away one of her match-high 12 kills, pushing the Greyhounds in front by one, 21-20. Jessica Donaldson, however, sided out for the Mountain Hawks with a kill of her own to draw Lehigh even. Lauren Bright and Tori Hemsath then blocked an Ernst attempt, and Emily Poole served an ace to make it 23-21 Lehigh.
Molly Jarvis had a kill to get Loyola within a point, and Donaldson traded kills with Ernst to give the Mountain Hawks a set point at 24-23. Bright capitalized on that opportunity, sending the match to the third set.
In that stanza, Loyola tied the match at 20-20 on a Corri Waters kill, but it was the last point Loyola would score in the contest as Lehigh closed out its third Patriot League win of the year in as many matches.
In addition to Ernst’s 12 kills, Zoe Pawlak had eight, and Jarvis had seven. Waters, Haley Puddy and Alisah Cash each tallied five kills. Erin Cunningham had a team-best 11 digs, while Megan Mondon posted 26 assists and nine digs.
Donaldson and Poole each had nine kills or Lehigh, and Hemsath tallied eight to go with four blocks.
The Greyhounds play their first Patriot League road matches of the season next weekend when they visit College of the Holy Cross and the U.S. Military Academy on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, respectively.