Volleyball Takes Third Set, But Lehigh Wins Match In Four
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland volleyball won the third set to force a fourth, but Lehigh came back to close a Patriot League win Saturday afternoon, 25-16, 25-23, 22-25, 25-14 at Grace Hall.
Loyola (8-10, 2-3 Patriot League) was led by Haley Puddy with 14 kills and a .429 hitting percentage, and Ann Ernst contributed 11 kills of her own. Mackenzie Fedota posted a career-high-tying six blocks, while Zoe Pawlak achieved a career-high 17 digs to lead the Greyhounds. Ashley Kozer tallied 10 of her own digs in addition to recording a team-high 34 assists.
Victoria Hemsath topped Lehigh (14-6, 5-1) with 17 kills, and Ana Spangenberg had 16. Megan Polak earned the match-high 40 assists to go with her 12 digs. Emily Develle led the Mountain Hawks with 16 digs.
The first set was a tight competition before four-straight by Lehigh propelled the Mountain Hawks into a 16-11 lead. Points were exchanged and Loyola didn't slip further after answering each Mountain Hawk point. Back-to-back Greyhound kills by Pawlak and Mackenzie Fedota pulled Loyola to a five-point deficit, 21-16, but the Greyhounds were unable to score again, and Lehigh finished the set with four in a row, taking the set, 25-16.
Loyola scored five-straight in the second to lead 13-9 after five-straight points. . Lehigh pulled the gap within one, 17-16, forcing Loyola into a timeout. A tally to restart play went to the Mountain Hawks, and they scored the next six out of eight to pull ahead, 22-19 en route to a 25-23 set win.
A four-point run by Lehigh to pulled the Mountain Hawks into the lead, 9-6, in the third set, but Loyola later responded with four-consecutive tallies to take the advantage, 11-10. The teams kept the score close, with a tied tally 21-21, before the Greyhounds scored the next four out of five to take the match into a fourth set, winning 25-22.
Lehigh was off to a quick run with five-straight to open the fourth set, 5-1. The Mountain Hawks remained dominant and had an advantage by as many as 12, 19-7. Loyola was unable to close the gap as Lehigh pulled further ahead, but the Greyhounds scored two last minute points to fall 25-14.
The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena for the first time this month when they host Bucknell University in a 2 p.m. match on Sunday, October 8.
- Kendra Farrell '18