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Errors prove costly for Hounds against Lafayette

Loyola had 55 kills but gave away 70 points from errors against Lafayette.

Loyola had 55 kills but gave away 70 points from errors against Lafayette.

Despite out-hitting Lafayette .145 to .056 and the Leopards completing a paltry .196 assists-rate, Loyola’s volleyball team was unable to pick up a win in their Patriot League opener, as they lost in five sets, 22-25, 26-24, 25-19, 16-25, 15-12.

Anna Ernst once again led Loyola with 16 kills and completed the double-double with 17 digs, but her performance was almost a wash with 14 attacking errors and two service errors. As a team the Greyhounds gave away 70 points.

Loyola scored the first four points of the opening set with Ernst recording the first two kills. Zoe Pawlak them served and ace before Haley Puddy recorded a kill to give the Greyhounds the early lead. However, Lafayette went on an 8-1 lead to take the lead. Six of those points came off Loyola errors with the other two coming off aces.

The Greyhounds serve receive was giving them fits offensively. It was only after a service error by Sonia Musso that the Greyhounds ended the run and took serve back. Errors by Lafayette helped Loyola get back ahead.

When Loyola had a 19-17 lead they truly seized control of the set with a three-point run to push ahead by five points, needing only three more for themselves to win the set.

Lafayette was able to get closer by the end of the set, but all of their points game off Loyola errors again, not their own produced kills. Ernst had a big kill to make it a 23-19 set but a ball handling errors and service error called on Lafayette helped the Greyhounds win the opening set.

They also had a nice start to the second set and this time they were producing their own points to get out to an 8-3 lead. Puddy was a part of three assisted blocks, one with Pawlak and two with Stacey Kazalas. The team also struck down three other kills and Pawlak has an ace.

But after Loyola took a 22-16 lead, they went cold as ice.

Lafayette hit three-straight kills. Then Pawlak was called for an error to give Lafayette four-straight points. Loyola called for the timeout, but the Leopards scored three more points out of it with an ace, a kill and attack error on the Greyhounds.

That put Lafayette in the lead.

After another timeout Loyola did get two points to earn a chance at a set point, however, Sonia Musso saved it with a kill and Carly Mutschke put Lafayette up for a match point with a kill of her own. Maria Balus aced her serve to take the set and even the match.

Loyola was unable to turn the tide early in the third set either. Lafayette continued on their dominant run and took a 10-2 lead. They had two aces in the first three points of the set, but Loyola was giving away points too. During the early run in the third set Loyola had six errors that gave the Leopards points.

Finally, a kill by Ernst ended the miserable stretch for the Greyhounds and two aces by Molly Wertz helped give Loyola some momentum back. A later ace bu Ernst made it an 11-10 match in Lafayette’s favor too.

However, a timeout called by Lafayette cooled the Greyhounds as they were heating up. The Loyola had five more errors in a 9-1 run by Lafayette out of the brief stoppage and held a 20-11 lead.

Even despite a 5-1 run by Loyola in which they struck down five kills, that deficit was too much to overcome as the Leopards took the set by six points.

Loyola’s best set was the fourth as they cut down on the errors and hit .310.

Megan Mondon opened the set with an ace and two blocks, both assisted by Puddy, helped put Loyola out to a 4-0 lead. Lafayette never really got close.

Loyola powered past them with an eight-point run that gave them a 20-9 lead and won the set by nine points not too long later.

The momentum just did not carry into the fifth set.

Despite Loyola earning two of the first three points with a block and a kill, both by Puddy, Lafayette scored six-straight points with three aces and two blocks doing the damage. Loyola could get within one point a few times but were never able to push ahead. Another ace and block by Lafayette a bit later gave them a match point situation. Loyola saved it twice with kills by Puddy and Ernst, but another attacking error, this one by Ernst, ended the match.

The loss was Loyola’s sixth in a row but they will have a very quick turnaround and a chance to snap it when they host Lehigh on Saturday at 2 pm.

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