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Balanced Offensive Attack Leads To Volleyball Sweep

Tina Catanach had 11 kills and 13 digs for the Greyhounds.

Tina Catanach had 11 kills and 13 digs for the Greyhounds.

Oct. 8, 2011

Final Stats

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - Loyola University Maryland freshman setter Lauren Andersen posted 38 assists and helped three Greyhound hitters post nine or more kills, as Loyola swept host Rider University, 25-20, 25-22, 25-21, on Saturday afternoon in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action.

The 38 assists for Andersen were her season three-set best. Faye Lukas led Loyola (6-14 overall, 3-4 MAAC) with 12 kills, while Tina Catanach had 11 and 13 digs. Jac Bullock posted nine kills, and Elena Frac had six.

Defensively, the Greyhounds had a solid match, as well, posting a season-best 76 digs in just three sets. Janet Pressler led all players with 23 digs, and Casey O'Hanlon added 10.

The Broncs (4-16, 2-6) took an early first-set lead, going up 12-9 on a Jaclyn Webber kill, but Bullock and Lukas each had two kills in the next four points, as Bullock's second pulled the Greyhounds in front, 13-12.

The lead would see-saw between the teams, with Rider going up again by three, 17-14, on a Webber ace, but Loyola would rally again.

This time, the Greyhounds scored three in a row, tying the set on an Andersen ace. Rider went back up, 18-17, when Bridget Sheerin had one of her match-high 13 kills, but Lukas tied it again, and Catanach gave the Greyhounds a one-point advantage with a kill.

Rider would immediately tie it at 19-19 with a Rachel Jensen kill, but Frac had a Loyola kill, and Pressler served an ace, giving Loyola a two-point cushion it would eventually extend to five before winning the set, 25-20.

The Greyhounds are back in action next weekend when they travel to Western New York for a pair of games. They will take on Niagara at 2 o'clock on Saturday, followed by a date on Sunday at the same time with Canisius.