Loyola University Maryland volleyball travels to the Tucson, Ariz., the “Old Pueblo”, for this weekend’s Wildcat Classic at the University of Arizona.
The Greyhounds will play three games in McKale Center, facing the host Wildcats at 7:00 p.m. (Mountain)/10:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Friday before taking on UCSB and Wofford College on Saturday at 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. (Mountain), respectively.
Loyola has never faced any of the three teams in the tournament. In fact, the last Greyhounds team to play an Arizona squad (outside of golf) was in 1994 when the Wildcats beat Loyola’s men’s basketball team in the NCAA First Round.
Video of all matches will be streamed live on www.arizonawildcats.com.
Loyola lost a trio of matches last weekend at the Maddie Bingaman Memorial Tournament at UMBC in Catonsville, Md., falling in three to both Howard University and Coppin State University and four to NJIT.
Jac Bullock was named to the All-Tournament team after tallying 3.29 kills per set and a .210 hitting percentage. She also had 2.14 digs and 0.86 blocks per set.
Big Game For Lukas
Faye Lukas became the first Loyola volleyball player to post 23 or more kills in a three-set match in nearly a decade last Friday when she totaled 23 against Howard.
The senior outside hitter recorded her three-set career-high in the match, equaling the mark set twice during the 2004 season by Becky Corb who graduated as Loyola’s all-time leader in kills (since been eclipsed).
In two matches last weekend, Lukas averaged 5.50 kills per set with a total of 33.
Bullock In The Back Row
Senior middle blocker Jac Bullock was a full rotation player for the first time in her collegiate career last weekend in the match against NJIT and put up solid numbers from that role.
Bullock posted 17 kills in the four-set match against the Highlanders, and she came up with a career-best 14 digs. She also had three block assists and committed just one receiving error in 15 chances.
Inaugural Patriot League Season
Loyola joined the Patriot League as a full member on July 1, 2013, an the 2013-2014 academic year will be the Greyhounds’ first in the conference.
In volleyball, the Greyhounds will compete eight other Patriot League teams (fellow new member Boston University does not sponsor the sport).
Loyola was picked to finish sixth in the 2013 Patriot League Preseason Poll. American University, which won 10 League titles from 2001-2011, was picked first, followed by the U.S. Military Academy and 2012 champion Colgate University in second and third. Lehigh University and the U.S. Naval Academy rounded out the top five, followed by Loyola, Bucknell University, College of the Holy Cross and Lafayette College.