Volleyball Outlasts Colgate In Five To Complete Weekend Sweep
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Loyola University Maryland women's volleyball held off host Colgate University, 9-25, 25-22, 25-17, 19-25, 15-11, on Saturday to earn its first victory over the Raiders since joining the Patriot League in 2013. Combined with a four-set Friday night win at The U.S. Military Academy, the win marked the first back-to-back Patriot League victories for Loyola since wins against Army and Holy Cross in 2013. Mackenzie Fedota had career-highs of 14 kills, five total blocks and a .355 hitting percentage to lead Loyola (8-9, 2-2 Patriot League). She tied with Ann Ernst for team-high honors in kills. Ernst earned a double-double with her kills and 22 digs in the match.
Four Greyhounds players tallied double-digit digs: Elena Scarano (18), Ashley Kozer (12), Haley Puddy (11) and Zoe Pawlak (10). Kozer also led Loyola with 34 assists.
Colgate (9-7, 0-4 Patriot League) was led offensively in kills by Alli Lowe (17), Taylor Flaherty (14), and Jaelah Hutchinson (11). Lauren Sanderson earned the match-high 35 assists in addition to 12 digs. Bridget Kolsky was the Raiders' leader in digs with 29, along with Katie Stansbury and Peighton McRobie who each had 10.
The Raiders got off to a strong start, racking up six of the first seven points to open the match. A kill by Ernst put Loyola on the board, but the Greyhounds were unable to keep up with Colgate. The Raiders led 7-1, but three of the next four scores were kills by Loyola to decrease the deficit to 8-4.
Colgate responded with four more, but a service error by the home team gave Loyola another point to interrupt a seven-point run at 15-5. After a Greyhound timeout, they were able to put up three more before the Raiders ran away with the advantage and downed Loyola 25-9. Two quick back-to-back kills by Puddy brought Loyola into the lead for the first time in the match at 2-1 in the second set. Colgate immediately answered and the advantage switched teams five times for the rest of the frame. The largest gap of the set went in Loyola's favor with a 19-16 lead. Three in a row for Colgate set up a tie, 19-19, but the Greyhounds pulled in front again and won the set on three-straight scores, 25-22. Loyola was quick to take the lead, 8-2, to begin a Greyhound dominant set in the third. Colgate lessened its gap by scoring six of eight points to get within two, 10-8. Loyola answered all Raider points and maintained a lead they didn't let go of. After allowing the score to get so close, the Greyhounds pulled ahead and never let the deficit get closer than three for the remainder of the set. A kill by Pawlak brought Loyola to victory as the team took the set 25-17. Loyola tied the score at 11-11 before five-straight boosted the Raiders into lead, 16-11. Colgate maintained the lead for the rest of the set. The back and forth continued but two-straight by Loyola forced Colgate into a timeout. The Greyhounds were first to score after the break, 21-17, but it wasn't enough to pull close and Colgate took the set 25-19 to force the deciding stanza. The Raiders took the early advantage, 3-1, before a Loyola timeout. After the break, the Greyhounds tallied four-straight. Colgate took a timeout to compose, and opened after the break with a score, 5-4. Loyola gained a larger lead with three of the next five points. The Raiders evened the score, 8-8, but they were unable to top Loyola as the Greyhounds took the next five of six. One last Colgate timeout led to two final Raider points before Loyola concluded the match with a win from kills by Kozer and Fedota, 15-11. Loyola travels to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to face Patriot League foe Lehigh on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at 5 p.m. The Greyhounds then return to Reitz Arena the following day to face Bucknell at 2 o'clock. - Kendra Farrell `18