Balanced Attack Leads Volleyball To 3-1 Win In Season Opener
Aug. 24, 2012
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Tina Catanach and Faye Lukas combined for 29 kills on the outside, and Jac Bullock had 10 from the middle, as the Loyola University Maryland volleyball team opened its 2012 slate with a four-set win (25-22, 17-25, 27-25, 25-22) over Central Connecticut University in the first match of West Virginia University's Mountaineer Invitational.
Catanach posted 15 kills and recorded her eighth career double-double with 11 digs, while Lukas posted 14 kills. Bullock led the team with a .375 hitting percentage, recording just one error in 24 swings. She also had a team-high four total blocks, two of the solo variety.
Lauren Andersen directed the offense with 43 assists, a career-high in four-set matches. She also matched her career-best with five kills.
The Greyhounds dug an early hole in the first set, going down 14-8 when Emily Cochran put away a kill for Central Connecticut, but Loyola scored 10 of the next 14 points to tie the score at 18-18 on a Janet Pressler ace.
Loyola and the Blue Devils traded six sideout points, and Catanach put away a kill to make it 21-21, and a Cochran attack error pushed the Greyhounds up a point, but Central Connecticut responded with a Blaike King kill to tie the score again, 22-22.
Lukas put Loyola up with a kill, and a Jennifer Waddill made it set-point at 24-22. Bullock locked up the first set in the Greyhounds' favor with a kill.
The Blue Devils took advantage, however, in the second set of Loyola attack errors. The Greyhounds committed 12 miscues to just 12 kills, and Central Connecticut tied the match with a 25-17 set win.
Loyola held a modest two-three point lead in the early going of the third set and extended it to five, 17-12, when Bullock and Catanach teamed up to block Jamie Rademacher. The Blue Devils rallied to make it a one-point set, 19-18, when Rademacher and Cochran blocked Loyola's Lauren Arnold.
The Greyhounds used a Blue Devils service error to lead by two after that, but back-to-back Central Connecticut kills tied the set at 20-20. The set was tied five times after that until a Rademacher attack error put Loyola in front, 26-25.
Central Connecticut led by three quickly in the fourth set, but Loyola scored four in a row - two on Catanach kills, one on a Pressler ace and the fourth on a Blue Devils attack error - to lead, 10-8.
Loyola could not build more than a two-point advantage, however, and the Blue Devils went up, 21-20, when Makenna Lommori put away a swing for a kill Two attack errors by Central Connecticut, and an Andersen kill, made it 23-21 Greyhounds.
Waddill and Rachel Dunlap closed up a block against Lukas to sideout for the Blue Devils, but Cochran served out-of-bounds, and Waddill hit wide to end the match.
Loyola continues play in Morgantown on Saturday when it takes on St. Francis (Pa.) University at 11 a.m. and the host Mountaineers at 5 p.m.