TAMUK defeats Huston-Tillotson in three sets
Loyola extends win streak to 9 matches with victory over St. Thomas
The Wolfpack extended their win streak to nine matches with a 3-0 victory over St. Thomas 26-24, 25-23, 25-22 Saturday morning in the Hampton Inn Wolfpack Classic held in The Den.
For Loyola, Kailey Tuthill led the attack with 11 kills. Samantha Worsham had a double double 26 assists and 13 digs. O’Neal McMullan added a match high five service aces.
Evon Welch of St. Thomas had the most kills of any player in the match with 14. Stephanie Biediger contributed a double double 10 kills and 10 digs.
The Wolfpack had a .198 hitting percentage in the match and .324 in the third set. The Celts attacked at a .179 clip.
Nine victories in a row are the most since Tommy Harold took the reigns as head coach. The previous best was eight victories in 2004 which was Harold’s second season. The program’s longest winning streak is 15 matches. The Wolfpack won 15 consecutive matches once in 2001 and again the following season in 2001.
Missouri Baptist vs. Texas A&M Kingsville
MBU def TAMKU in 3 sets (recap still to come)
Huston-Tillotson vs. St. Thomas
St. Thomas def St. Thomas in 3 sets (recap still to come)
MBU stops Wolfpack win streak at nine
Missouri Baptist ended Loyola’s nine match win streak with a 25-21, 25-20, 25-21 in the Hampton Inn Wolfpack Invitational Saturday evening in The Den.
Missouri Baptist, ranked 17th in the latest NAIA poll, finished the tournament a perfect four for four on the weekend. Casey Chernin had a match high 14 kills and a .313 attack percentage. Megan Moore added 10 kills on 13 attempts with only one error and hit at a .692 clip. Lauren Stuckel had 32 assists and 11 digs.
For the Loyola, O’Neal had 11 kills in the match. It was the fifth time in her career that she reached the double digit kill mark. Samantha Worsham had all three Wolfpack service aces in the match. She added nine digs to the Loyola defense.
The Spartans hit for a .357 in the match, while the Wolfpack had a .204 percentage.
The streak was the longest of Coach Tommy Harold’s career at Loyola besting an eight game mark set in 2004. The program’s largest winning streak happened twice with 15 game runs in 2000 and 2001.
6:00 p.m. - Loyola vs. Texas A&M Kingsville
Loyola over Belhaven (27-25, 25-22, 18-25, 21-25, 15-8)
In the opening match, Loyola claimed a thrilling five set match over Belhaven. Loyola once again showed resolve, winning the fifth and decisive set, after dropping the third and fourth. The final score was 27-25, 25-22, 18-25, 21-25, 15-8.
Sophomore Sabrina Stansberry paved the way for the offense, doubling her career high with 18 kills. Also, registering double digit kills was Lauren Brand (10), Kailey Tuthill (11), and O’Neal McMullan (13).
Co-captain Samantha Worsham nearly tied her career high in assists, dishing out a total of 53 against the Blazers. Leading the defensive effort was freshman Becca Burnett with 12 and co-captain Amanda Oldani with 10.
Missouri Baptist defeats Huston-Tillotson (25-11, 25-13, 25-14)
Casey Chernin led Missouri Baptist with 11 kills as the Spartans defeated Huston- Tillotson in the opening match for both teams. Chernin had a .455 attacking percentage and added five digs. Jessica Bowman did not have an attack error and had eight kills. Setter Lauren Stuckel had 26 assists and three aces. Jamee Wilson had a match high five kills for Rams.
Belhaven sweeps St. Thomas
Taylor Williams and Leigh Anne Huddleston each had double digit kills as the Blazers downed St. Thomas (Texas) 25-19, 25-16, 25-18. Williams had 12 kills and six digs, while Huddleston contributed 10 kills. Christina Atwood nearly joined the double digit group with nine kills and a team high .533 percentage. Gabriella Zorzoli led the defense with 12 digs for the Belhaven. The Blazers had a team attacking percentage of .370, while the Celts attacked at a .177 clip. Regina Trapp led St. Thomas with 12 kills.
Loyola downs Huston-Tillotson in three sets
In their second game in the Hampton Inn Wolfpack Invitational, the Loyola University New Orleans volleyball team won decisively 3-0 over Huston-Tillotson University.
The ‘Pack kept the ball rolling after defeating Belhaven 3-2 earlier in the day. Loyola took the first set against Tillotson 25-14, followed by a dominating 25-7 second set, and then clinched it in the third with a 25-21 score.
Freshman Kara Nishimuta led the charge for the Wolfpack, securing six kills in the match. Freshman Tiffany Walker and sophomore Shelby Plant also contributed with four kills each.
Freshman Rachael Lopez spearheaded the explosive offense in assists with 16, followed closely by co-captain Samantha Worsham with 10. Worsham also served six service aces in the first two sets. Defensively, co-captain Amanda Oldani led the ‘Pack with 16 digs.
Altogether, 17 players left their mark on the match and produced the eighth consecutive win for head coach Tommy Harold.
Missouri Baptist rolls past St. Thomas
In the final game of day one, the Missouri Baptist Spartans defeated the St. Thomas Lady Celts 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-21). Leading the way for the Spartans was Casey Chernin with 11 kills, followed closely by Lucy Ford and Molly DeClue with nine each. DeClue also led the team in hitting percentage with .818. Defensively, Jessica Bowman and Lucy Ford secured 14 and 10 digs respectively. For the Lady Celts, Brittany Weiler led the team with 24 assists and seven digs, while Stephanie Biediger and Evon Welch led with seven kills each.