Jarvis Posts Career-High, But Bucknell Nips Volleyball In Four
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland volleyball team fell to Bucknell University in a tough home match at Reitz Arena Sunday afternoon. The Greyhounds tied the match up with a win in the second, but they ultimately lost in a close match with set scores of 25-23, 21-25, 25-22, 25-23.
Loyola (8-11, 2-4 Patriot League) was led by Molly Jarvis who had a career-high 15 kills and .483 hitting percentage on the match, besting her previous best 12 kills earlier this season. Ann Ernst put up 13 kills and 10 digs, and Mackenzie Fedota had 10 kills. Ashley Kozer posted 35 assists to earn her career-high in addition to her 11 digs. Elena Scarano had 15 digs and Zoe Pawlak added 11.
Bucknell (9-9, 3-3 Patriot League) had tied top scorers with Sophie Bullard and Mimi Richards each contributing 12 kills. Bullard also contributed 15 digs. Brooke Stark led with 19 digs. Luz Nagle led the team with 21 assists in addition to Alex Bonanno’s 14.
Four-consecutive by the Greyhounds put the team ahead, 10-4 first set forcing Bucknell to call a timeout. Loyola later scored five in a row to go up by 10, 18-8, but Bucknell closed the gap quickly.
The Bison composed and put up 10 of the next 12 to pull within two, leading to a Greyhound timeout. A kill by Jarvis was followed by a Bucknell point, but Kozer answered with a kill, pushing the Greyhound lead to 22-19. Three-straight by the Bison tied the set at 22-22, but a Loyola kill by Ernst regained the team’s advantage. The last three scores were Bison tallies, and Bucknell edged out Loyola, 25-23.
Bucknell ran away early in the second set, 8-3, forcing a Loyola timeout. The teams traded points before a kill by Pawlak opened a Greyhound run with a kill, and Loyola scored seven of the next nine, taking the lead 14-13. The Bison immediately tied the score and the teams went back and forth, fighting for the advantage. Loyola put up three-consecutively to benefit from the gap, 23-20, and held the lead to take the set, 25-21.
The score was tied, 16-16, when Bucknell began to run away with the advantage. The Bison scored three-straight to lead at 19-16. Loyola was unable to decrease the deficit to any less than two, but kills by Ernst and Fedota kept the Greyhounds in the competition. Loyola trailed, 24-21, but managed one last point before Bucknell finished the set on top, 25-22.
Seven of the first 10 went in favor of the Bison to create the advantage, 7-3. Loyola answered and there was no strong leader until five of seven by the Bison brought them ahead, 13-7. The Greyhounds came back with two, answered by Bucknell two, to land at 15-9. A kill by Ernst opened a four-straight run, closing the gap to just a two point deficit, 15-13. The difference got no closer than two as Loyola trailed and ultimately lost, 25-23.
Loyola heads to Easton, Pa. to face Lafayette on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.
- Kendra Farrell '18
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