Balanced Attack Leads Volleyball Past Army West Point
WEST POINT, N.Y. - Loyola University Maryland deployed a balanced offensive attack, as five players had seven or more kills, to beat the host U.S. Military Academy, 18-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-18 on Friday night in Patriot League play.
Ann Ernst led Loyola (7-9, 1-2 Patriot League) with 11 kills and 10 digs, while Haley Puddy matched her for team-high honors with 11; Ashley Kozer, Molly Jarvis and Mackenzie Fedota each had seven. The Greyhounds played strong defensively with four players posting ten or more digs. Elena Scarano had a career-best 19, Zoe Pawlak tallied a career-high 14, and Kozer and Ernst each recorded 10. Kozer also led in assists with 25 while missing out on a triple-double by just three kills.
Army West Point (9-7. 2-1 Patriot League), which was picked second in the Patriot League Preseason Poll, was led offensively by Carolyn Bockrath with 13 kills, and Courtney Horacewith 12.. Amber Clay and Ana Oglivie had 14 digs each, and Ellie Petersen had 10.
After the Black Kights won the first set, Loyola scored five in a row, including kills by Molly Werts, Kozer, and Pawlak propelled them to take the lead with 10-7 in the second. The Greyhounds pushed ahead by seven, 19-12, but three-straight Army kills forced a Greyhounds' timeout with Loyola up, 19-15. Ernst had two kills for sideouts out of the timeout, and while Army closed to within three on a Clay kill, Loyola evened the match at one set each.
The Greyhounds went up four in the third set, but the Black Knights scored five of six to knot the score at 16-16. Loyola called a timeout. Army had two errors to push the Greyhounds up two, a lead they would not relinquish efore winning the third, 25-23.
Loyola came out of the gate strong in the fourth, taking a 7-2 lead before Army West Point scored three in a row to get within two. Kills by Kozer, Ernst and Molly Jarvis helped Loyola lead, 12-5, and Army would not get closer than three for the remainder of the match.
The win was Loyola's first over Army since the 2013 season.
Loyola travels to Hamilton, New York, for a 4 p.m. game on Saturday at Colgate University.
- Kendra Farrell '18