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Strong Hitting Effort Leads Volleyball Past Leopards

Ann Ernst hit .423 and had 12 kills for Loyola.
Nov. 7, 2017

Final Stats

BALTIMORE - Three players had 10 or more kills with hitting percentages above .420, and the Loyola University Maryland volleyball hit a season-best .355 to down Lafayette 25-16, 25-23, 25-17, Tuesday night in Patriot League play.

Ann Ernst led all players with 12 kills while recording just one error for a .423 hitting percentage. She tallied eight of her 12 kills in the second set.

Haley Puddy had 11 kills and hit .444, while Stacey Kazalas tallied 10 kills and 10 digs to go with four total blocks and a .435 hitting percentage.

Katrina Ruggiero and Tori Smith both had 10 kills to lead Lafayette (5-23, 2-13 Patriot League). Lexie Caraveo had 13 digs to lead all players.

The Greyhounds (10-18, 4-11) got off to a strong start taking eight of the first 10 points, forcing a Lafayette timeout. A block by Mackenzie Fedota and Puddy reopened play, but the Leopards tallied three-straight to close the gap, 10-6.. Lafayette got within three, 17-14, but five consecutive scores by Loyola pushed the Greyhounds to their biggest lead of the set, 22-14. Lafayette managed two more points, but the Greyhounds held on and downed the Leopards, 25-16.

Lafayette opened the second set with the first five points to pull ahead early, but a kill by Ernst put Loyola on the board and started a three-point run to get Loyola within two, 5-3. The Leopards later scored four of five to gain a four-point advantage, 15-11. After the media timeout, however, Loyola scored six-straight to lead, 17-15. The scoring stayed close ,and Lafayette tied the set at 21-21 and 22-22, before a service ace by Fedota, and kills by Ernst and Molly Jarvis won the set for Loyola, 25-23.

The score was tied, 8-8, in the third when Loyola scored back-to-back points to take the lead in the third set, 10-8. The Greyhounds scored four of the next five to increase their advantage to 14-10. A kill by Puddy opened a Loyola streak of six-straight, but the Leopards answered with five-consecutive of their own to trail, 20-16. Loyola finished strong, taking five of the last six points to win the match, 25-17.

Loyola travels to Worcester, Mass. on Saturday, November 11 to face Holy Cross in the season finale.






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