Sept. 29, 2012
Youngstown, Ohio - Anna Eytchison led a balanced attack with 22 kills as Loyola earned a 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 16-25, 25-19) win over Youngstown State this afternoon at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio. The Ramblers improve to 11-6, 3-1 Horizon with their second consecutive road win while the Penguins slip to 11-7, 1-3.
"Any time you can go on the road and get two wins it is a good feeling," said head coach Chris Muscat. "We continue to play good team volleyball and get contributions from everyone and good things are happening. Now we have to get back in the gym this week and get ready for two tough matches next weekend."
Loyola spotted the hosts the first three points of the match before taking control of the opening set. Three straight YSU errors tied things up and a Vicki Wrobel ace and an Eytchison kill capped a larger 7-1 run that gave Loyola a 7-4 lead. The Ramblers kept pushing, opening a 15-7 lead on a Nichole Riedel kill, before four straight Penguins points got the home team back in the set. However, Loyola would not be denied and it immediately reopened the lead with Eytchison closing out the first set with two kills.
The second set was tight throughout but Youngstown State was the first to gain some space, taking a 12-8 lead on an Alexis Egler kill. Two Eytchison kills keyed a 4-0 LU run that tied the set at 12 and the Ramblers took their first lead of the set, 17-16, after kills from Laura Purcell and Eytchison. The teams essentially traded points to 20-all before LU took control. A Brittany Brown kill gave Loyola the lead and kills from Eytchison and Kathleen Vogel gave the Ramblers a 23-20 advantage. The Penguins scored the next two points to make it interesting but a YSU error and another Vogel kill closed out a 25-23 win that gave the visitors a 2-0 lead in the match.
Youngstown responded with a strong third set, jumping out to a 9-4 lead. The margin ballooned to nine (18-9) on a Missy Hundelt kill and a Loyola error gave the Penguins a 25-16 win to extend the match to a fourth set.
In that fourth set, Loyola raced out to an early 8-4 lead after a pair of YSU errors. The Penguins regrouped and rattled off six of the next seven points to grab a 10-9 lead and the set was tied at 13 apiece when the Ramblers made their move. Eytchison and Libby Bresser teamed up for a block to give LU the lead and an attack error and an Eytchison ace pushed the lead to three, 16-13. Kills later from Riedel and Purcell made it a 19-15 game, prompting a Youngstown State timeout, and the Penguins came back out of that break to get within two, 20-18. However, Eytchison had two kills and Purcell and Bresser combined for another key block as the Ramblers scored five of the last six points to claim the win.
Eytchison continued her torrid play, hammering 22 kills (22-6-44, .364) and adding 10 digs for a double-double. She received plenty of support from Vogel (13 kills, nine digs) and Purcell (11 kills) as the Ramblers hit a solid .279 for the match. Hundelt and Shannon Watson led Youngstown State with 11 kills apiece.
Loyola returns home for a pair of matches next weekend starting with a Friday night battle against Milwaukee. First serve from Gentile Arena is set for 7 p.m.