Sept. 14, 2012
CHICAGO - Laura Purcell drilled a match-high 10 kills and Loyola hit .311 for the match en route to a 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-15) sweep of Chicago State this afternoon in the Ramblers' home opener as part of the Rambler Challenge at Gentile Arena. Loyola (6-5) moves back over .500 with the win while Chicago State dips to 2-12 for the season.
Purcell had four kills and Kathleen Vogel had three as the Ramblers raced out to a 7-1 lead in the opening set. The lead ballooned to nine (13-4) on a Chicago State error and Loyola did not let up the rest of the way, hitting a sizzling .609 (14-0-23) to cruise to a 25-13 win. The Ramblers did not give up consecutive points in the set as Purcell and Vogel led the way with four kills apiece with Libby Bresser adding three kills in three swings in the middle.
Chicago State scored three of the first four points in the second set before Loyola found its rhythm. A Cougar error started a 10-2 Loyola run that turned a 4-3 deficit into a commanding 13-6 lead. Balanced offense was the key as Brittany Brown, Maureen Carls and Mary Kate Styler all recorded kills in the spurt. A Brown ace later helped push the lead to double figures (17-7) and a Kelly Feigh kill, followed by a block from Styler and Bresser and a CSU error closed out another 25-13 win that gave LU a 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set followed a similar pattern and consecutive kills from Carls capped a 5-0 scoring run that gave the home team a 12-6 advantage. Chicago State was able to rally, ripping off five straight points of its own to get within one (15-14) but Loyola just had too much firepower. Purcell hammered down three kills and the Ramblers used aces from both Stephanie Kinane and Vicki Wrobel to score 10 of the final 11 points of the match and seal the sweep.
Purcell finished with 10 kills against just one error in her 21 swings (10-1-21, .429) to lead Loyola. Feigh recorded a season-high seven kills and added seven digs in support while Bresser, Styler and Vogel all added five kills apiece. Kinane led the defensive charge with 13 digs as LU held its visitors to just 23 kills and a .062 hitting percentage. Brown was solid from her setter spot, handing out 30 assists to go with eight digs.
Loyola closes out a busy day of tournament play tonight with a 7 p.m. match against USC Upstate at Gentile Arena.