NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Loyola University New Orleans volleyball team dropped their first of three match-ups this season against the University of New Orleans on Saturday, falling 3-1 (27-25, 23-25, 24-26, 16-25) at the Human Performance Center on the campus of UNO.
Junior Gina Gill led Loyola (7-6) in the loss with 17 kills while serving five aces. Sophomore Kailey Tuthill added 10 kills and freshman Sabrina Stansberry finished with nine.
Loyola jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in set one when freshman Katie Broadbent served an ace, forcing a UNO timeout. The Privateers battled back to even the score at 14-14 before the ‘Pack answered with five straight points. With Loyola up 23-17, four attack errors helped fuel a UNO 6-0 run to tie the game. The Wolfpack got two kills from Gill before an attack error gave Loyola a 27-25 win.
The second set was back and forth until UNO (3-6) scored four straight points to go up 18-14. The run was capped off on a kill by Adina Dobi, who had a game-high 20 kills. After an error cut the deficit to 23-19, Stansberry served four points for the Maroon and Gold to knot the game at 23. Dobi gave UNO the lead with a kill then a LU error ended the set as the Privateers won 27-25.
Game three followed suit of the second set, as neither team was able to garner a lead larger than three points. With Loyola trailing 15-12, Gill served four consecutive aces to give the ‘Pack the lead. The Wolfpack served set point at 24-23, but UNO closed out the game with the final three points as they finished with a .462 hitting percentage to win 26-24.
In the final set, UNO took an early 10-5 lead after an ace by Kaitlin Hatcher. Loyola fought back to shrink the deficit to 17-14 on a kill by sophomore Samantha Worsham, who led Loyola with 35 assists. However, UNO kept a comfortable lead the rest of the way as they cruised to take the set 25-16, winning the match three games to one.
Junior Amanda Oldani led the defense with 14 digs while Tuthill had nine and Gill added eight. Stansberry finished with two blocks and chipped in with two aces.
Loyola returns to SSAC action on Tuesday, Sept. 21 with a match against Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss. The first serve is slated for 7 p.m.