NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Loyola University New Orleans volleyball team traveled to Dent Hall on Thursday night and handed former conference rival Dillard University their first loss of the season, blanking the Lady Bleu Devils 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-19).
Loyola (9-6) led for most of the match but had to use a late 7-0 run to put Dillard away in the final set. A kill by sophomore Kailey Tuthill evened the score at 17-17, then junior Amanda Oldani served six straight points which included two of her match-high four aces to give Loyola a 23-17 lead. The Lady Blue Devils scored two more points before an attack error ended the match, giving the ‘Pack a 25-19 victory and extending their winning streak against Dillard to fourteen.
Junior Gina Gill finished the night with nine kills while Tuthill and freshman Sabrina Stansberry added seven each. Sophomore Samantha Worsham led the Wolfpack with 19 assists, Oldani was tops in digs with 21 and Tuthill finished with 10.
In the opening set, Loyola took control after back-to-back kills, forcing a Dillard (5-1) timeout at 16-10. Following the break, freshman Katie Broadbent served an ace and LU went on to win 25-18.
Dillard scored three straight points in game two to even the score at 10-10. The ‘Pack responded with a 6-0 run, with Worsham scoring the second ace of her serve to put Loyola up 16-10. An ace by freshman Alex Blitzer gave the Wolfpack their largest lead at 19-11. Dillard battled back to cut the lead to 24-20 before Stansberry ended the set with a kill.
Loyola returns to action this weekend in the BSC Fall Classic in Birmingham, Ala., starting on Friday.