MOBILE, Ala. - The Loyola volleyball team split a pair of matches Saturday on the second day of their first of two SSAC Cross-Overs this season. In the first match, Loyola fell to Shorter College 3-0 and followed that up with a win over Brewton-Parker College at the Outlaw Center on Spring Hill’s campus. The Wolfpack is now 4-4 on the season and 1-2 in the conference.
In the afternoon match, Loyola had a stellar offensive outing with 37 kills off of 77 attacks for a .364 hitting percentage in a 25-17, 25-14, 25-14 victory. Freshman O’Neal McMullan led the ‘Pack with 12 kills and Lauren Brand added 11. As a team, Loyola roped in 30 digs. Amanda Oldani led the Wolfpack defense with six of the 30 digs while Gina Gill and sophomore Jenny Simon added five each.
After jumping out to a 7-1 lead, Brewton-Parker bounced back with 3 straight points. Despite their valiant effort, the Wolfpack continued to fire on all cylinders for the duration of the set and used several Brewton-Parker errors to edge out the Barons 25-17.
In the second set, Loyola again came out on fire with an 8-2 lead. Loyola continued to build on the score despite several attempts by Brewton-Parker to take it back. Towards the end of the set, the Wolfpack distanced themselves from the Barons and winning the set 25-13.
In the third set, the closest Brewton-Parker came was the opening points of the set. With the tied score of 1-1, the Wolfpack took the lead with a 9-2 run and continued to dominate the Barons. Kailey Tuthill eventually delivered the match-winning kill ending it 25-14.
In the ‘Pack’s morning match against Shorter, senior Gina Gill tallied 14 kills to pace Loyola’s offense. Junior Samantha Worsham dished out a team-high 26 assists, and senior Amanda Oldani topped all passers with 16 digs. Gill was not far behind her fellow co-captain also producing 13 digs. The Wolfpack fell to the Hawks 13-25, 22-25, 23-25.
After dropping the first set 13-25, Loyola kept close in the second set behind an balanced offensive attacked that included kills from seniors Gina Gill and Ashley England as well as a couple from freshman Lauren Brand. Back-to-back kills from Gill put the Wolfpack up 16-14. The Hawks remained on the ‘Pack’s heels until the set was tied 20-20. Shorter closed out the set , scoring on five of the last seven points.
In the third set, the Wolfpack jumped out to a 14-6 lead with help from multiple Shorter attacking errors. The Hawks rallied to tie the score at 22. A Jessica Cooper kill put Shorter up 23-22. After a Loyola timeout, junior Kailey Tuthill produced a critical kill tying it once again. With the score 23-23, another Cooper kill coupled with a Tori Bradley kill closed out the final set for Shorter.
The Wolfpack travels back to Mobile on Tuesday, Sept. 20 to battle conference rival Spring Hill College at 7 p.m. Fans can follow the ‘Pack on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/loyolawolfpack) and on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/loyolawolfpack). For additional information please call (504)564-PACK.