(New Orleans, La.) The Loyola University New Orleans volleyball team showed great hustle and heart in a four set battle with the University of Mobile, but concluded the night falling to the Rams 22-25, 32-30, 13-25, 21-25.
The Wolf Pack (5-15, 3-6 SSAC) found themselves in a hole as they were down 17-23 toward the end of set one, but the Pack pushed five straight points to reach within a point. The Rams (14-9, 7-1 SSAC) pushed back with two consecutive tallies to snag the first set. After falling behind for most of set two, Loyola forced momentum in their favor as they pulled ahead 25-24. An abundance of back and forth scoring took place before the Pack stole set two 32-30 on a kill from sophomore Kaitlin Mohr.
Following intermission, the Rams rolled to a 23-12 lead in the third, allowing only one more Wolf Pack point before winning set three. Loyola held an 18-15 lead in the fourth, showing great resilience after a tough loss in the previous set. Tied at 20, Mobile took advantage of a Loyola back row attack violation that ended in their favor and went on to close the night with a victory.
Three Wolf Pack hitters reached double digits in kills. Senior Sabrina Stansberry tied her career high with 14 kills. Sophomores Mohr and Eva Allen produced 12 and 13 respectively. Stansberry, sophomore Kaylin Storey and freshman Daniela Leal combined for six of the team’s seven service aces on the evening. Leal racked up a career high 46 assists and Storey added 14 digs. Junior Becca Burnett led the defense with 31 digs.
Sophomore Bailey Nations paced the offense for the Rams, turning in 23 kills and five service aces. Juniors Sara Van Wert and Maegan Wilkins combined to add 35 kills.
Loyola will finish the week with a road trip to Coastal Georgia on Friday, Oct. 11 for a 5:30 p.m. contest and Brewton-Parker on Saturday, Oct. 12 for a 1 p.m. start.