Gulfport, Miss.- Loyola University New Orleans women’s volleyball was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Southern States Athletic Conference tournament by Southern Wesleyan University 17-25, 12-25, 18-25 Friday afternoon at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Gymnasium.
Loyola, the second seed from the west division, had a hitting percentage of .007 in the match, their lowest of the season. The Wolfpack committed 28 attack errors and seven service errors.
In the first set, Loyola led 6-3 before the Warriors scored eight of the next nine points to take an 11-7 lead. Loyola cut the margin to 11-10, but SWU answered with seven of the next eight to take commanding 18-11 lead before winning the set 25-17.
In the second set, the Warriors ran off eight unanswered points early to take control 10-2. SWU closed out the set winning nine of the last 11 points.
In the third and final set, the teams were knotted at 13-13 before the Warriors scored the next four points, two off of Wolfpack attacking errors. Loyola cut the margin to 17-15 with a pair of Gina Gill kills. SWU responded and scored four consecutive en route to winning the final set 25-18.
For Loyola, Gina Gill led with 12 kills. Kathryn Johnson had a team high 14 digs.
For SWU (20-12), Tierza Rangel led the attack with 12 kills and Kayla Propes added 11. Keni Abercrombie had a game high 28 digs. Southern Wesleyan, the third seed in the east division, had a hitting percentage of .274 on the match.
Loyola’s season concludes with a 25-14 record. 25 wins is the most victories since the 2007 when the Wolfpack finished with a 28-12 record.
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