George Mason Edges Volleyball Saturday Night In Five
FAIRFAX, Va. - Loyola University Maryland volleyball fell just short after losing by two points in the fifth set to George Mason University Saturday night in the final match of the George Mason Classic. The Greyhounds lost 3-2 with scores of 25-18, 25-18, 16-25, 16-25, and 15-13.
Loyola (6-7) was led by Haley Puddy who contributed 16 kills with a .371 hitting percentage. Ann Ernst, who was named to the all-tournament team, added 15 kills, and Ashley Kozer helped the Greyhounds with 34 assists and 18 digs. Molly Werts also added 16 assists and Elena Scarano also had 18 digs.
Scarano and Kozer's dig totals were career-highs, while Puddy's 16 kills were one off her previous best.
Bailey Williams totaled the highest amount of kills for George Mason (4-9) with 17 as well as 13 digs. Mikala Wells and Katrina Santos both added 14 kills to the team total. Emily Konchan held a match-high 47 assists in addition to 14 digs. Catie Espinoza recorded 24 digs for the Patriots.
The scoring was tight for the majority of the first set. Three-straight by George Mason pushed the Patriots into their biggest lead at that point in the set, 16-12. The Greyhounds put two on the board to pull within two at 16-14, but a George Mason answer kept them ahead. The Patriots took seven of the next nine tallies to land at 24-17 before the Greyhounds took the last point they would see for the opening set, when a George Mason kill led to a game win, 25-18.
George Mason tallied four out of five to gain momentum nearing the end of the second set bringing the score to 19-13. Three-straight by Loyola kept the Greyhounds in contention, 19-16, but after another George Mason point, and two Loyola points, the Patriots scored five consecutive to down the Greyhounds 25-18.
Loyola entered the third set strong with seven of the first 10 going in the Greyhounds favor, and they got as far ahead as 13-6 before the teams traded points until 19-12. Three in a row by Loyola brought the advantage to 10, 22-12, and George Mason was unable to catch the Greyhounds, falling to Loyola, 25-16.
The Greyhounds pulled ahead from a 4-3 deficit, to a 10-6 lead after scoring seven out of nine points in the fourth. Two back-to-back by the Patriots is the closest George Mason would get to catching the Greyhounds, 10-8, but the gap was increased when Loyola put up six in a row. The teams traded points for the remainder of the set, but a late four straight by Loyola including kills by Mackenzie Fedota and Ernst solidified the Greyhounds win 25-16, taking the match into a fifth set.
There was no clear leader to take the fifth set, with the largest advantage being three in Loyola's favor at 7-4. George Mason quickly answered and pulled out front. Tallies were exchanged and Loyola tied the score at 13-13 before two late points by the Patriots won them the set and the match in a tough 5-game competition.
Loyola travels to Washington, D.C. to face American in its first Patriot League match of the season on Sept. 22, 7 p.m.
- Kendra Farrell '18