Leopards Hold Off Volleyball In Four
EASTON, Pa. - Loyola University Maryland volleyball rallied to tie the match with a second-set win, but Lafayette College held on for a four-set victory, 25-18, 21-25, 25-22, 25-21, in Patriot League action on Tuesday.
Haley Puddy led Loyola (8-12, 2-5 Patriot League) offensively with 16 kills, one away from her career high, and a .407 hitting percentage. Ann Ernst had 10 kills and 12 digs for the Greyhounds. Elena Scarano led in digs for the team with 15, and Zoe Pawlak added 10. Ashley Kozer had a match-high 34 assists.
Lafayette (5-15, 2-5 Patriot League) was led by Sonia Musso in kills with 16, along with 15 by Tori SmithLexie Caraveo led with 16 digs while Smith and Audrey Mangum each had 11.
It was tied at 5-5 in the first set when Lafayette pulled away with four-straight to take the lead at 9-5. Loyola managed one before the Leopards scored five of the next six to go up 13-7. The Greyhounds answered with three points, but Lafayette responded in kind, and the Leopards were up 16-10. Points were exchanged before two Loyola kills by Jarvis and Ernst opened a four-point run to bring the team within three, 20-17, but Lafayette took five of the next six to claim the set, 25-18.
Five consecutive points early in the second set by the Greyhounds brought their lead to 8-4, forcing a Lafayette timeout. The Leopards tallied three-straight to decrease the gap to one, 8-7, but five of the next six were Loyola points, bringing the advantage to 13-8. The Leopards’ biggest deficit came from a kill by Puddy putting the Greyhounds ahead with 15-10, and Loyola didn’t relinquish the lead and came away with the set win 25-21.
Greyhounds led 4-3 in the third before Lafayette rattled off seven in a row, taking a six-point lead, 10-4. A point by each was scored, before Loyola put up five-straight leading to a Lafayette timeout at 11-10. The Leopards scored five-straight out of the break to lead, 16-10, forcing a Loyola timeout. The scoring was back-and-forth, and the Greyhounds trailed 24-16 before they scored seven points to pull within three. Ultimately, Loyola fell to Lafayette in the third set, 25-22.
The fourth set saw many runs by both sides. Loyola led 4-3 before the Leopards scored six-straight to gain the advantage, 9-4. Loyola then responded with five-consecutive points to tie the score at 9-9. Three in a row by Lafayette allowed the team to gain the lead, 12-9, and both teams tallied back-to-back points. The Leopards broke the trend and scored four-straight, followed by a Loyola five-point run to a one-point deficit, 18-17. Lafayette held the lead and increased the team’s advantage, winning the final set 25-21.
Loyola returns home to host Holy Cross on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in Reitz Arena.
- Kendra Farrell '18
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