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Hounds out-hit Bison but fall in four sets

Loyola out-hit Bucknell but struggled with consistency on their attack in a 3-1 loss to Bucknell.

Loyola out-hit Bucknell but struggled with consistency on their attack in a 3-1 loss to Bucknell.

Despite out-hitting Bucknell and seeing a combined 24 kills between Haley Puddy and Stacey Kazalas, the Loyola volleyball team was unable to see the consistency they needed from the offense as they fell in four sets, 25-21, 19-25, 26-24, 25-17.

Loyola opened the match with back-to-back blocks assisted by Kazalas and Puddy together and stormed out to a 7-0 lead before the Bison called a timeout. Out of that timeout, Megan Mondon mishit her serve and the Bison rattled off a few more points to make it a 7-4 match early.

Still, Loyola was able to control the match and held a 15-12 lead, but Bucknell was able to time Loyola’s attacks. Aided by a few blocks the Bison tied the match at 16-16. The teams exchanged points and tied four more times on the exchanges before two more blocks by Bucknell gave them a 21-21 lead.

Alisha Cash re-tied the match at 21-21, but kills by Hailey Stout and Blake Buchholz before back-to-back aces from Sophie Bullard gave Bucknell the first set.

After blowing the first set after that hot start, Loyola was on a mission to tie the match. Loyola out-hit Bucknell .244 to .086 in the second set. That helped Loyola to another early lead and this time they never let go. After the match was tied 3-3, Loyola rattled off three-straight points off their own kills and that distance was enough largely as Bucknell was hitting errors.

Though not with any one large run, Loyola was able to steadily grow their lead to as many as six points on occasion. Their one key run came late in the set when Loyola led 21-18 after a block by Cash and Puddy. They followed with three more points and got up to 24 with another block between Kazaleas and Puddy. Bucknell saves set point once, but an attack error by Bullard evened the match.

However, Loyola couldn’t get another set. Surprisingly, Loyola out-hit Bucknell .239 to .186 and out-killed them 16 to 12 in the third set, but after nine ties and five lead changes the Bison were able to get the victory. Loyola was done in by service errors, which which hey had five in the set. Bucknell only had one.

And in a set that close, that was the key. Bucknell followed three of Loyola’s five service errors with service aces, resulting in multiple two-point swings.

Loyola had set point after Megan Mondon smacked down a kill, but a follow up kill by Jordan Walker saved the set point for Bucknell. Bullard then hit a kill to earn a set point play for the Bison and an attack error by Loyola gave it to them.

The fourth set was the only set Bucknell out-hit Loyola in and it wasn’t even as if Bucknell as hitting incredible well. Loyola had 10 attack errors and gave away five other points as they hit -.062 with only eight kills and 11 of their own points. Bucknell hit .160 in the final set, but had five blocks and three aces as they ran away for the win.

Loyolaled 12-10 after an attack error on Bullard, but sh responded right away with a kill and sparked a nine points run for Bucknell. They had all three of their aces in that run to take a 19-12 lead. They earned a chance for match point with a service error by Ann Ernst. Cash saved it, but Jordan Walker smacked a kill to end the match in after four sets.

Loyola will seek their second Patriot League victory on Sunday when they host Colgate at Reitz Arena at 2 pm.

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