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Hounds overpowered by Eagles in sweep

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Loyola just didn’t have the hitting to contend with the Patriot League leading American Eagles on Friday night. The Greyhounds were out-hit .337 to .047 and out-killed 37-25 in a three-set sweep: 25-21, 25-15, 25-8.

What kept them so close in the first set was that the Eagles had their worst set with a .179 hitting percentage and gifted Loyola 12 points off their own errors. But despite the free points coming their way, Loyola never led in the first set.

The Hounds gave up the first three points of the set. They got back within one point at 10-8 after scoring four of six points with three of their points coming off errors by the Eagles. And they continued to stay close to American for a series of point exchanges. But the Eagles created some separation with 5-1 run to take a 23-17 lead. Loyola scrapped three-straight points together off a block, a kill and an ace, but a timeout but a timeout by the Eagles cut the momentum. American scored two of the next three points to win the first set.

Loyola had a strong start to the second set and let 6-5, but American had a five-point run that put them in the lead for good. American then out-scored the Hounds with another 7-2 run to really take command at 17-10.

A service error and kill by Ernst held Loyola cut the lead just a bit, but didn’t get them back in the set at the Eagles powered through the end, out-scoring Loyola 8-3 to get to 25 points.

The third set was all Eagle. They had 14 kills and no errors as they hit .700. Loyola hit just .115. American opened the match on a 14-2 run. Loyola never got out of the blocks and finished the set with only eight points.

Ernst led Loyola with 12 kills and Haley Puddy had seven, but only six Greyhounds had kills in the match. Only three had more than one.

Loyola will make a short trip to Navy on Saturday for a 4 pm contest and will stay on the road until Friday, October 28 when they host Army.

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