San Antonio, Texas – The Loyola volleyball team split a pair of matches at the Trinity Fall Classic hosted by Trinity University on Friday. In the first match, the Wolfpack shutout the University of Wisconsin-Platteville 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-22) and then followed that up with a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Trinity University. Loyola is now 2-1 on the season.
In the ‘Pack’s first match against the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, freshman Lauren Brand showed the team what she could do as the kill leader tallying the match with a high of 12. Senior Gina Gill and junior Kailey Tuthil both contributed alongside Brand with 11 kills each. Junior setter Samantha Worsham dished out a team-high with 28 assists while also adding 4 kills. Senior libero Amanda Oldani topped all passers with 12 digs.
The second match against Trinity University was extremely competitive. The first set continued on to 34 points where Loyola eventually won 34-32. Four out of the five sets were decided by 2 points.
Loyola took the second set 26-24, but the ‘Pack dropped the next two sets 26-28 and 16-25. Loyola fell in the last set 14-16. The outstanding play of Gina Gill kept the Wolfpack in the game. Gill tallied 31 kills for the match along with 19 digs. Brand contributed with 11 kills and 16 digs. Worsham produced an impressive 51 assists, while Oldani had 24 digs.
"After a solid win in our first match we were disappointed not to be able to close out the second match of the day. We had opportunities to win the match and we let them get away. Our ability to focus throughout a match will translate to opportunity for the team. Moving forward we hope to learn from our miscues and gain a measure of consistency," said Loyola head coach Tommy Harold.
The Wolfpack’s home opener against Xavier this Sunday will be postponed due to Tropical Storm Lee. The team will travel to Livingston, Ala. to take on the University of West Alabama on Tuesday, September 6 at 7 p.m.
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