NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans volleyball team tied a season best with 15 aces as they shutout the SUNO Lady Knights 3-0 (25-10, 25-7, 25-21) on Thursday night at The Den.
Loyola (7-5) hit .323 on the night with 30 kills. Sophomore Kailey Tuthill led the attack for the second straight match, tallying a game-high 13 kills on the evening. Freshman Sabrina Stansberry added six kills and a block.
With Loyola up 8-3 in the opening set, junior Gina Gill served six consecutive points which included three of her career-best nine aces to give the ‘Pack a comfortable 14-3 lead. After a Loyola attack error, the Wolfpack put together a 7-0 run capped off by three Stansberry kills. The Lady Knights scored four straight points at the tail end before a serving error gave Loyola the game at 25-10.
For the second set, Loyola’s Gill served 11 straight points to put the game out of reach early. Gill belted three aces to start the run and finished with two more before a kill by SUNO’s Veronica Azubuike made the score 17-4. Loyola closed out the set scoring eight of the final 11 points to win 25-7.
In the final set, SUNO (2-6) took advantage of the Loyola reserves to lead 15-12 on an ace by Azubuike. Loyola evened the game at 18, but the Lady Knights answered with back-to-back kills. A kill by Tuthill knotted the score at 20’s, and then the Wolfpack took the lead on a kill by freshman Katie Broadbent. Loyola held SUNO to one point the rest of the way as an ace by Stansberry ended the match; giving the Maroon and Gold a 25-21 victory.
Samantha Worsham assisted on 16 kills with freshman Jennifer Simon adding eight assists. Junior Amanda Oldani dug 15 attacks. Oldani, Stansberry, and Worsham added two aces each.
SUNO was led by Tashawna Hampton with five kills and Azubuike chipped in with four. Gabrielle Carter led with 12 assists.
Loyola is back in action on Saturday, Sept. 18 when they head across town to take on the University of New Orleans. First serve is set for 4 P.M.