Season-Best Hitting Percentage Leads Volleyball To Sweep Of Holy Cross
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland hit .344 Friday night, its best mark of the season, and the Greyhounds swept College of the Holy Cross, 25-21, 25-17, 26-24, in Patriot League action at Reitz Arena.
The hitting percentage was Loyola’s best since it hit .421 on September 28, 2013, in a win over Lafayette College.
Zoe Pawlak paced the Greyhounds with 15 digs while also posting eight kills on only 14 swings for a .429 mark. Ann Ernst led Loyola with 15 kills while also hitting .289, and Haley Puddy added 11 kills with a .320 clip.
Ashley Kozer had 39 assists to lead all players. Ernst and Kozer had 12 and 10 digs, respectively, to notch double-doubles.
Holy Cross (3-17 overall, 0-7 Patriot League) built an early five-point lead in the first set, going up 13-8 on a Loyola attack error, but three-straight killsby Ernst, Jarvis and Puddy closed the gap to two. The Crusaders, however, sided out on a Clare Honan kill, and Kathleen Philo had an ace to stretch their lead back to four, 15-11.
After the teams traded points, Puddy sided out for the Greyhounds and had another kill to make it 16-14 Holy Cross. Shortly thereafter, she posted one of her two service ace on the night to tie the set at 17-17. The Crusaders quickly retook the lead on an Allie Barry kill, but Kozer, Fedota and Ernst had three kills in a row to make it a 20-18 Loyola advantage that they would not relinquish in the set.
The Greyhounds hit .406 with just three errors on 16 kills and 32 attempts in the second set, and they led by as many as 10, 21-11, before winning the frame, 25-17.
Holy Cross scored five of the third set’s first six points to take an early advantage, but Loyola tied the score at 6-6 on an Ernst kill. After it was tied at 11-11, Jarvis had a pair of kills, and Ernst delivered an ace to make it 14-11 Loyola, but Holy Cross worked its way back to tie the frame at 20-20.
The teams had four tie scores thereafter, the last coming at 24-24 after a Greyhounds attack error, but Fedota and Ernst had kills to close out the match in Loyola’s favor.
Honan’s nine kills led Holy Cross, while Barry chipped in seven. Sophie VanSeveren led all players with 24 digs.
Loyola is back in action on Tuesday, October 17, when it hosts American University at 7 p.m. in Reitz Arena.