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Errors sink Hounds in blowout against Raiders

Loyola has nearly as many errors (32) as kills (33) as they were swept by Colgate on Sunday.

Loyola has nearly as many errors (32) as kills (33) as they were swept by Colgate on Sunday.

Loyola simply couldn’t string together a series runs of error-free volleyball as they were blown out by Colgate, 25-9, 25-11, 26-24.

The Greyhounds were out-hit .295 to .092 and committed 22 attacking errors in the three set match. Their total error count was 36. Meanwhile, the Raiders committed only seven attacking errors and just a dozen the entire match.

In the first set alone, Loyola was out-hit .395 to .024. It showed in one of their worst sets of the year. Loyola gave up the first six points of the match. The Raiders caused some of the errors with three blocks in the opening set and two in the early run, but the Hounds continued to hit the ball out of bounds.

Colgate took a double-digit lead at 16-6. Anne Ernst recorded a kill to get Loyola back within nine points, but the Raiders never took their foot off the gas and rolled to the finish with a dominant set victory.

Loyola actually committed even more errors in the second set, flipping the first set’s line of eight kills with seven errors to seven kills with eight errors. Loyola hit -.033 in the second set, which was another run away set for Colgate.

The Raiders earned the first five points and out-scored Loyola 7-2 down the stretch, with one of Loyola’s point being given to them off an error and the other being an ace by Zoe Pawlak.

Loyola wasn’t competitive until the third set, when there were 13 ties and seven lead changes. Loyola hit an even .234 against Colgate in the set with 18 kills off 17 assists. Still, Loyola was unable to take a set in the match.

A block by Katie Stebbins put Colgate back for match point. Haley Puddy saved the point with a kill. An error then put Colgate back to the line for match points and another block by the Raiders ended the match.

Colgate had nine blocks in the match with Taylor Flaherty leading the team with four blocking assists.

Ernst led the Greyhounds with 10 kills, but also had seven attacking errors.

Loyola will have just under a week to try to clean up all the errors as they return to action on Friday, when they host American at 7 pm.

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