Loyola volleyball ends season with losses to top opponents on day one of SSAC Tournament

Thu, 11/07/2013

(Montgomery, Ala.) The Loyola University New Orleans volleyball team suffered losses to three and four seeds Southern Wesleyan University 25-20, 21-25, 23-25, 26-28 and the College of Coastal Georgia 18-25, 19-25, 18-25 in the SSAC Tournament on Thursday afternoon in the Multiplex at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama.

In the Wolf Pack’s opening match of the day, senior Sabrina Stansberry controlled the offense, earning 16 kills on 31 attempts for a .419 hitting percentage. Stansberry, a threat on defense as well, tallied three solo blocks and four block assists in the four set battle. Sophomore Kaitlin Mohr and junior Lauren Brand joined Stansberry in double digits in kills, contributing 10 and 12 kills respectively. Senior Katie Broadbent tabbed five kills, including the set-winning point in the first. She contributed two solo blocks and one block assist to the defensive effort. Additionally, Mohr turned in a strong performance at the net with three solo blocks and two block assists.

Junior Cherilyn Ramsey turned in 18 kills for the Warriors. Junior Jacinta Hoffpauir added 15 kills while junior Alysia Cruell notched 11. Southern Wesleyan recorded a .160 hitting percentage for the match, battling back after hitting just .050 in the first set to hit .257 and .250 in the second and third.

Closing the day versus Coastal Georgia, Stansberry and sophomore Kate Hamilton paced the Pack offense with seven kills apiece. Sophomore Eva Allen and Mohr both added four kills Hamilton accounted for Loyola’s three service aces of the match. Junior Becca Burnett protected the backcourt, collecting eight digs. Allen, Hamilton and sophomore Kaylin Storey aided the defense with seven digs each.

Sophomore Kara Neisen powered the Mariners offense with 18 kills on 32 attempts for a .469 hitting percentage. Freshman Rachel Amundson helped the Coastal Georgia scoring effort with 11 kills.

Loyola concluded the 2013 season 9-21 overall. They earned a 9-19 record during the regular season, going 5-9 in conference play.

Stansberry finishes her career with 1,001 kills in four seasons, placing her ninth on the Loyola career kill leaderboard. She moved into fifth place in Loyola career blocks with 306. Stansberry tops the Wolf Pack career hitting percentage category with a .308. Broadbent graduates with 158 career kills and 113 total blocks in four seasons. Senior Libby Collyer recorded 31 kills and 13 total blocks in three seasons with the Wolf Pack. Senior Shelby Plant contributed 154 kills and 62 total blocks in her four years with Loyola volleyball.

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