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Hounds fall to Holy Cross 3-1 on Senior Day

Jane Lukas led Loyola with 17 kills and hit .324 on Senior Day.

Jane Lukas led Loyola with 17 kills and hit .324 on Senior Day.

It was a bitter-sweet day for senior outside hitter Jane Lukas. It was Senior Day; she was honored as part of a pre-match ceremony and hit a career-high 17 kills at .324, but the Greyhounds were beat 3-1 in a grueling battle against Holy Cross.

The Greyhounds still have four matches remaining and will play one more at home when they host Navy on Nov. 13 in the team’s regular-season finale, but the loss to the Crusaders officially eliminated the Greyhounds from Patriot League playoff contention.

Loyola was out-hit .234 to .134 and no hitter outside Lukas had double-digit kills.

Meanwhile, Mandy Sifferlen had a monstrous 26-kill, 19-dig double-double for Holy Cross and Luisa Soares was her top help with 13 kills.

The first set featured eight ties and two lead changes. Loyola led 24-23 and were given the opportunity for a set point, but a block by Sifferlen and Mary Mullen re-tied the set. A service error by the Crusaders gave Loyola another shot at a set point, but Sifferlen smacked another big kill to save the set.

Holy Cross then took a lead off an error by the Greyhounds. Lukas saved set point with a kill, but a kill by Soares and ace by Mullen secured the set victory for the Crusaders.

The Crusaders appeared to pull away in the second set with a five-point run and were able to carry their five-point lead, but the Greyhounds fought back and back-to-back aces by Molly Jarvis tied the set at 23-23, but a kill by Sifferlen and error by Ann Ernst help Holy Cross win the set.

Loyola was able to avoid a sweep with a close third-set victory despite being out-hit .226 to .194. The Greyhounds took an early 7-3 lead and were able to stay ahead until a 6-1 run by the Crusaders put them head 12-11. The Greyhounds wouldn’t allow the Crusaders to pull away, though, and were able to get back in front with an ace by Kelly McShea.

A block by Holy Cross’ Kristen Somerville and Lynsey Petersen re-tied the match at 21-21, but Loyola was able to get the victory. Puddy, who finished second on Loyola with eight kills, finished the set with a kill.

But Loyola couldn’t sustain the success. Holy Cross dominated the fourth set, out-hitting the Greyhounds .357 to .091 as they cruised to victory.

Loyola will play matches at Bucknell, Colgate and American before they host the Mids in their season finale in two weeks.

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