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Hounds limit errors, but get swept by Lehigh

Loyola didn't have nearly as many errors as they did the previous night, but were unable to generate enough points to avoid a sweep against Lehigh.

Loyola didn’t have nearly as many errors as they did the previous night, but were unable to generate enough points to avoid a sweep against Lehigh.

They cut back on the errors that doomed them last night against Lafayette, but against Lehigh the Greyhounds were barely out-hit .279 to .261 and that was just enough for the Mountain Hawks to edge them in three close sets, 25-21, 25-23, 25-20. With a fifth-straight loss, the Greyhounds drop to 3-10 and remain winless in conference play.

Ann Ernst once again led the Greyhounds with 12 kills in the match but once again she wasn’t given enough help as she was the only players with double-digit kills.

Lehigh seemed to be in control early in the opening set, but three-straight kills and an attack error on Lehigh gave the Greyhounds four-straight points to tie the match at 15-15. The opening set remained close until the end, but a 5-1 run pushed Lehigh ahead 24-19. In that run for the Mountain Hawks, Loyola had two attack errors that set Lehigh up for set point.

A kill by Corri Waters and attack error on Lehigh saved set point twice, but Jessica Donaldson, who had the attack error, rebounded and smacked down a kill to earn the Mountain Hawks the first set.

Lehigh once again had a stronger start to the second set and seemed to have control early as they went out to a 7-4 lead. They extended that out to a 15-10 lead as well. Loyola rallied to score three-straight points with kills by Haley Puddy and Alisah Cash and an ace by Kelly McShea making up the points.

That sparked Loyola onto a 9-3 run that gave them a 19-18 lead. However, Lehigh called a timeout and capitalized. Back-to-back attack errors by Loyola put the Mountain Hawks right back into the lead. Loyola responded with Waters and Ernst hit consecutive kills, but another three-point run put Lehigh back ahead for good.

Those small strings of points were the key in a match that was tightly contested like this one. Donaldson tied the set at 21-21 with a kill. Then Victoria Hemsath and Lauren Bright teamed up for a block before Emily Pool struck an ace.

Molly Jarvis ended the run with a kill for Loyola, but another kill by Donaldson set the Mountain Hawks up for a set point. Loyola once again saved it after Ernst smacked down a kill but Bright put Lehigh ahead 2-0 with a kill at the end.

After falling behind 13-8 in the third set, Loyola did not simply back off and allowed Lehigh to coast to the sweep. They went on a 6-1 run to tie the game. Back-to-back kills by Zoe Pawlak a bit later then gave Loyola an 18-17 lead, but late errors did doom the Greyhounds.

Once Loyola took the lead Megan Mondon missed her serve to give Lehigh a point to tie the set. Down the stretch Lehigh had four kills, but were aided by two service errors and two bad sets.

Lehigh scored the final five poinsof the set to complete the sweep.

Loyola will play back-to-back road games at Holy Crossand at Army before returning home for a three-game homestand beginning Oct. 8 against Bucknell.

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