NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Loyola University New Orleans volleyball team lost a hard fought battle to the University of New Orleans on Saturday afternoon at The Den, falling in five games 3-2 (25-19, 17-25, 24-26, 25-20, 12-15).
A 6-0 run in the fifth set proved to be too much as UNO (8-9) took game five, 15-12, winning the season series, 2-1. After the run made the score 9-5 UNO, the Privateers maintained a slight lead before Edina Dobi slammed her team-high 13th kill to end the match.
Loyola (22-13) was led by Gina Gill with 18 kills and Kailey Tuthill with 14. Sabrina Stansberry had nine kills with a .533 hitting percentage and led the Wolfpack with four blocks. Samantha Worsham was tops in assists for LU, finishing with 38.
The ‘Pack had four players in double figures for digs, led by Amanda Oldani with 23. Worsham and Kaki Johnson had 11 each while Gill chipped in with 10.
Loyola used a .342 hitting percentage to take the opening set. UNO was able to take the lead, 17-15, with a 4-0 run which included a pair of aces from Kaitlyn Crippin. The ‘Pack responded with the next five points, going up 20-17 on an ace from Oldani. Down the stretch, Tuthill scored three kills as LU won 25-19.
UNO led 16-12 in set two before using a 5-0 run which gave the Privateers their largest lead of the evening. Dobi would end the game with a kill, giving UNO a 25-17 victory. UNO hit .500 in the game to even the match at 1-1.
In set three, the Privateers took an early 12-7 lead after scoring six straight points. With the help of two aces from Gill, the ‘Pack battled back late with five straight points to go up 21-19. Facing set point, UNO got two kills from Kaitlin Hatcher to take the lead, and then a block by the Privateers sealed a 26-24 victory.
The Wolfpack struggled in the opening of set four, falling behind 13-7. LU managed to pull within two at 13-11 following a Gill kill. With the game tied at 19, the Maroon and Gold ended the set by scoring six of the final seven points. An ace by Stansberry put the score at 24-20 before Gill and Katie Broadbent teamed up for a block, knotting the match at two games apiece.
Loyola wraps up their three-match home stint on Tuesday, Nov. 2 against SSAC-rival Mobile. The Wolfpack trail Mobile and Spring Hill in the West Division standings by one game. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.