Strong Hitting Effort Leads Volleyball Past Leopards
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.
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.