PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Loyola University New Orleans volleyball team fell in four games on Tuesday night, losing 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 18-25, 18-25) against #23 West Florida at the UWF Field House.
For the Wolfpack, SSAC Player of the Week Gina Gill led the team with 13 kills while Kailey Tuthill had nine and Sabrina Stansberry finished with seven. Samantha Worsham assisted on 35 of 41 kills on the evening. Amanda Oldani led with 16 digs, Alex Blitzer had 10, and Ashley England blocked three attacks.
West Florida (12-4), ranked in the NCAA Division-II Top 25 Poll and looking to keep their undefeated home record intact, broke a 6-6 tie in set one with six straight points. Following a Wolfpack error, the Argonauts saw their largest lead at 16-9. Loyola fought back to make the score 22-20 on an Argo error, but UWF held on to win 25-21.
Loyola (14-11) put together an impressive second set to even the match, scoring 17 kills while hitting .359. Neither team could take control early until a kill by Lindsay Mullinix sparked a 3-0 run, giving Loyola an 11-7 lead. After West Florida evened the game at 14, Tuthill scored three kills as LU went back up 18-15. Although the Argos were able to knot the game at 22, a kill by Tuthill evened the match as the ‘Pack took set two, 25-23.
In set three, the game saw its seventh tie in the early going after a UWF kill made the score 9-9. Unfortunately for Loyola, the kill fueled a 9-0 run to give the Argos a commanding 17-9 advantage. The Wolfpack would cut into the lead at 20-17 after Gill connected on three kills to start a 7-2 run, but West Florida scored five of the final six points to take the set 25-18.
Loyola trailed early in the final game as West Florida used a 4-0 run to lead 8-3. A kill by Gill and an Argo error made the count 17-13 before UWF stretched their lead to eight with another 4-0 run. The Maroon and Gold battled back once more at 21-18, scoring five straight points which included kills from Tuthill and Stansberry. Following a service error by Loyola, West Florida scored the final three points, ending the match in four with a 25-18 victory.
Loyola returns to action this weekend with four matches in the Faulkner Invitational in Montgomery, Alabama. The Wolfpack kick off play against Martin Methodist on Friday at 1:30 p.m.