Volleyball Tops Loyola for Second League Win
EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette volleyball team was firing on all cylinders on Tuesday evening at Kirby Sports Center, knocking off Patriot League foe Loyola by a 3-1 score.
The Leopards were dominant in the opening set, winning by a 25-18 score before Loyola fought back to knot the match at 1-1 with a 25-21 second-set win. It was all Lafayette in the third and fourth, though, winning by 25-22 and 25-21 margins to take the match, 3-1.
Senior Tori Smith was all over the court for the Maroon and White, working a double-double of 15 kills and 11 digs on the night. Sonia Musso led the team with 16 kills offensively, while Carly Kutschke added seven. Julia Howard posted 24 assists with Jenna Bailey behind her with 13, and Lexie Caraveo was the defensive leader with 16 digs.
The Maroon and White took advantage of Loyola mistakes in the opening set, jumping out to a 13-7 advantage on an attack error from the Greyhounds’ Haley Puddy. The visitors got as close as 13-10 before another Leopards run extended the advantage to 20-13 and eventually finished it off at 25-18.
In the second, it was Loyola that jumped in front on a Katrina Ruggiero error to put the advantage at 8-4. Lafayette got within two at 19-17 on a Kutschke kill, but couldn’t climb all the way back, falling 25-21.
The third saw the home side get a big lead once again, scoring six straight points midway through the set out of a timeout to go up 17-10. That lead grew within one of the set at 24-15, but it took eight points to eventually get it done as Howard’s sneaky kill finished it off, 25-22.
The fourth and final set was all Leopards from the get-go. A Bailey block with the score knotted at 9-9 sparked a 9-3 run for the Maroon and White that put them in front comfortably, 18-12. Loyola fought back to 19-17, but a Musso kill was the final straw, sending the Leopards to victory with a final-set score of 25-21.
The win moves Lafayette to 5-15 on the year overall and 2-5 in Patriot League play. Loyola falls to 8-12 on the season and 2-5 in conference action.
Next up for the Leopards is another Patriot League tilt on Friday, welcoming Colgate to Kirby Sports Center for a 7 p.m. meeting.