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Hounds downed by Army, 3-0

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After picking up a much-needed road win at Lafayatte on Saturday the Loyola volleyball team was unable to build on the success a week later as they lost to Arm West Point on Friday night in three sets, 25-23, 25-17, 25-17.

The team didn’t hit efficiently in their loss, attacking at just .133 with 32 kills on 98 total attempts.

The Greyhounds were led in kills by Ann Ernst’s 10, but she hit just .0239.

The first set featured 20 ties and eight lead changes. Loyola took a 7-5 lead after three-straight points, including an ace by Ernst and a kill by Haley Puddy. Army responded with three-straight points of their own; it was back and forth the entire set.

Army had their string of three-straight points to jump ahead 13-11, but Loyola scored three-straight of their own to take a 14-13 lead back. Neither team could create any separation with no lead being by more than two points in the set. Puddy tied the set at 23-23 with a kill but a service error by the Hounds and a block by Army’s Carolyn Bockrath and Amber Clay secured the set win for the Black Knights.

The second set was relatively even very early, but Army was able to build a bit of a lead as they would regularly take two out of three points in exchanges.

They built up a 14-6 lead before Loyola scored four-straight points to cut Army’s lead in half. But Army continued to out-pace Loyola. They responded with three-straight points to go ahead 17-10 and built up as much as a 21-12 lead in the set.

Loyola did score five-straight points, but back-to-back Greyhound errors swung momentum back over to Army and they finished a kill by Allie Strong and an ace by Clay to make it four-straight points to close out the set.

Then Army scored four of the first five points in the third set and never trailed the rest of the way. Loyola was able to tie the set at 6-6 off a block by Ernst, but Army got two points to get a bit of a cushion back and continued on to a 10-2 run to take a 16-8 lead.

Loyola had three points in a row, but it was nowhere near enough to consider it a comeback. Army closed out the match with a kill by Sydney Morriss and got the final point on an attack error by Ernst.

The Hounds much look for a quick turnaround as they host Holy Cross on Saturday at 2 pm, less than 24 hours later.

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