NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans volleyball team hosted Millsaps College on Wednesday night at The Den and were defeated 3-1 (21-25, 20-25, 25-18, 23-25).
After dropping the first two sets, Loyola (11-9) battled back to win the third game easily. In the final set, the Wolfpack led by as much as five points late in the contest but could not hang on as Millsaps went on to beat Loyola for the second time this season.
Gina Gill led Loyola on the night, finishing with 18 kills, five aces, and 19 digs. Sabrina Stansberry had eight kills and Kailey Tuthill added seven. Samantha Worsham assisted on 35 of 43 Wolfpack kills while adding 17 digs. Also on defense, Amanda Oldani had 16 digs, Alex Blitzer added 12, and Ashley England assisted on four blocks.
Loyola held an 8-5 in set one, but Millsaps fought back to take the lead at 13-12 on a tip attack. Their lead extended to 23-19 on a kill, and then a block gave the Majors a 25-21 win.
Millsaps (9-6) broke an 11-11 tie in set two with four of the next five points. An ace by Gill brought the Wolfpack within two at 19-17, but the Majors answered with the next two points. A bad set by Loyola ended game two as Millsaps went up 2-0 with a 25-20 victory.
For the third game, Stansberry tied the score at 11 with a kill, then the ‘Pack grabbed the lead at 16-15 on an ace by Gill. LU went up 20-17 on an ace by Oldani, and then back-to-back kills from Tuthill put the ‘Pack up 23-18. Worsham would end the set at 25-18 with Loyola’s fifth ace of the game.
The Maroon and Gold came out strong in the final set as consecutive aces by Gill put the score at 6-2. Millsaps evened the score at 12 before Loyola batted down the next two Major attacks to go up 14-12. With the ‘Pack up 23-21, Millsaps responded with the final four points as a block ended the match at 25-23.
Loyola returns to action this weekend when they host the Hampton Inn Wolfpack Classic at The Den on Friday and Saturday. The Wolfpack’s first match is on Friday at 2 p.m. against St. Thomas.
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