NEW ORLEANS, La. – Gina Gill and Kailey Tuthill teamed up for 26 kills as the Loyola University New Orleans volleyball team knocked off the SSAC West leading University of Mobile in straight sets (25-23, 25-23, 25-18) on Tuesday night at The Den.
With the win, Loyola (23-13, 5-2) and Mobile (15-13, 5-2) are now tied for second in the division, trailing Spring Hill by one game. Mobile and Spring Hill are scheduled to play on Thursday.
Gill led the Wolfpack with a double-double, tallying 16 kills on a .333 clip while adding 10 digs. Tuthill was next with 10 kills and Ashley England notched seven kills with an impressive .778 hitting percentage.
Kaki Johnson served three aces on the night and Samantha Worsham averaged over 10 assists per set with 32. Amanda Oldani led the defense with 19 digs while England paced the frontline with three blocks.
Loyola held the Lady Rams to a .089 hitting percentage on the night as Mobile struggled in the opening set with 10 attack errors. Tuthill and England blocked an attack to give LU an 8-3 lead, and then another block gave the ‘Pack a 16-10 cushion. Mobile chipped away at the deficit, making the score 22-21 on a kill by Alyson Kovac. Gill broke a 23 all tie with a kill before a Mobile error gave Loyola set one.
Mobile scored the first four points in the second frame and continued to hold a favorable lead until an ace by Worsham shrunk the margin to 11-10. Loyola was able to tie the score three times before the Lady Rams used a 3-0 run to go up 21-18. A kill by Tuthill evened it up at 22, then LU scored three of last four points, winning set two 25-23 on a kill by Gill.
Gill continued to roll in the final set, accounting for LU’s first four points via the kill. The lead jumped back and forth until the ‘Pack closed out the set with on 12-3 run. Trailing 15-13, the Maroon and Gold answered with the next six points, sparked by a kill from Tuthill. Johnson served back-to-back aces to give LU the lead and then another ace capped the run, making score 19-15. Gill added an ace down the stretch before an error by Mobile ended the match as Loyola won set three, 25-18.
In the loss, Mobile was led by Kelly Sherling with 11 kills while Kovacs added six. Melody Tenney dished out 19 assists and Charlotte Stutts led with 12 digs.
Loyola is back in action on Friday, Nov. 5 at Faulkner University for their final SSAC match of the regular season. First serve against the Lady Eagles is at 7 p.m.