Loyola volleyball falls in Hughes Classic

Sat, 08/28/2010

FORT WORTH, Texas - The Loyola University New Orleans volleyball team lost their two matches on Saturday in the Wesleyan Hughes Classic, losing to Mid American Christian 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 25-20, 22-25, 9-15) and host Texas Welseyan 3-1 (10-25, 20-25, 25-16, 23-25).

With the teams squared at two games each, Mid-American Christian (2-1) hit. .429 to take the deciding fifth set. Kailey Tuthill evened the game for Loyola (2-3) at 8-8 with a kill, but the Evangels responded with five straight kills en route to the victory.

Gina Gill led the way with 24 kills. Sabrian Stansberry, who hit .393, and Tuthill were also in double-digits, tallying 13 and 10 kills respectively. Samantha Worsham distributed 49 assists and added 12 digs. Also on defense, Amanda Oldani and Tuthill led with 18 digs each while Gill added 16.

The Wolfpack held a small advantage late in set one at 22-20, but MACU rallied with the final five points. In the second game, Loyola surged out to a 15-8 lead after scoring seven straight points. The Evangels managed to pull within a point, but Loyola held on as Gill belted a kill for the 25-22 win.

MACU used their own seven point run in set three to go up 16-12. However, the ‘Pack mounted a comeback, taking the game 25-20 by delivering four kills to close the set.
In the fourth game, MACU grabbed an early lead and kept the “Pack at bay to even up the match before taking the fifth set.

Chris Smith led MACU with a game-high 26 kills while hitting .415.

Against Texas Welseyan (3-3), the ‘Pack was able to recover from a rough start to win the third set, but the Lady Rams rallied late to take a close game four for the victory.

Gill led the attack with 16 kills. Worsham assisted 36 of Loyola’s 38 kills for the match. Three Wolfpack players had double-digit digs in Oldani (19), Gill (14), and Worsham (11).

Texas Wesleyan grabbed the momentum early, using eight straight points to take a commanding 17-5 lead. The Lady Rams finished the game with a perfect 10 of 10 on sideouts. For game two, Texas Wesleyan pulled away after the teams played to a 17-17 tie to go up 2-0.

In game three with Loyola leading 12-10, Alex Blizter served eight straight points aided by three kills from fellow freshman Stansberry. The ‘Pack went on to take the game 25-16.

For the final set, Loyola was up 18-12 but were unable to hold off Texas Wesleyan on their home court. The Lady Rams’ Haelee Horton scored three of her team-high 13 kills as Wesleyan ended the match with 13-5 run.

The Wolfpack returns to action next weekend in Jackson, Miss. with four matches in the Millsaps Tournament. Loyola’s first contest is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 4 at 10 A.M. against Martin Methodist.

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