Balanced Attack Leads Volleyball Past Saint Peter's
Mindy Maloney (right) had four blocks in the first set, and Lauren Arnold (left) posted eight kills, as Loyola University Maryland hit .354 as a team and beat visiting Saint Peter's University in three on Saturday afternoon.
Loyola University Maryland volleyball will be well acquainted with the New Jersey Turnpike for the next two weeks as the Greyhounds kick off a 5-match, 11-day road trip against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foes.
The Greyhounds start on Wednesday, October 10, with a 6 o’clock match in Riverdale, N.Y., at Manhattan College, followed by a pair of 2 o’clock contests on Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14, at Siena College and Marist College in Upstate New York. Before returning to Baltimore, the Greyhounds will play in Jersey City against Saint Peter’s University on Monday, October 15, at 5 p.m.
Next weekend, Loyola will have just one match, a Saturday, October 20, contest at Rider University.
A Look At The Competition
The Greyhounds and Manhattan will square off just four days after their most recent match, a five-set Jaspers’ triumph in Baltimore. Manhattan is now 10-10 overall with a 5-4 mark in the MAAC.
Siena brings a 11-9 record and 5-3 tally in the conference into the weekend, while Marist is 6-12, 2-6. Saint Peter’s, which Loyola defeated in three last Saturday, is currently 1-21, 0-8.
Loyola hit .354 as a team, and four players had six or more kills last Saturday, as the Greyhounds defeated Saint Peter’s in three.
Manhattan outlasted the Greyhounds in five on Sunday afternoon, despite Faye Lukas’ career-high 29 kills.
One-Upping Her Best
Junior outside hitter Faye Lukas has steadily improved her career-high in kills throughout the season. Last year, she set her best at 17, and she then upped it to 19 and a day later 20 during this season’s second weekend. She stretched it to 22 in a home win over Charleston Southern University on September 8, but Lukas blew that mark away with 28 on September 29 against Iona.
She took it one further, literally, on October 7 against Manhattan, putting away 29 kills, the most by a player in the MAAC this season.
Through 18 matches this year, Lukas is averaging 3.94 kills per set, tops in the MAAC. She has 268 total in 730 swings. Her numbers are up sharply from a year ago when she finished with 247 (2.25 kps) and a .130 percentage. This year, she is hitting .200.
Lauren Andersen also had a career-best day against Manhattan, passing out 61 assists to top her previous best by four. In addition to her assists, she had 18 digs against the Jaspers.
This season, she is averaging 10.10 assists per set, the third-best total in the conference. In league play, her average is up to 10.29 per set.