Loyola Rallies, Comes Up Just Short At Wright State, 3-2
Ramblers come back to force fifth game but cannot complete comeback
Nov. 2, 2007
Fairborn, Ohio - Sarah Singer had a team-high 16 kills and Alyse Serritella finished with a match-high 29 digs but Loyola could not dig out from a 2-1 deficit in an eventual 3-2 (27-30, 30-18, 30-25, 30-32, 15-11) loss at Wright State tonight at McLin Gymnasium in Fairborn, Ohio. The Ramblers fall to 8-18 (4-10 Horizon) while the Raiders improve to 12-15 (8-5).
Loyola, which was trying to avenge a 3-0 sweep at the hands of the Raiders in the first meeting, came out strong in the opening game. Two kills from Keily Zins helped LU to an early 5-1 lead and back-to-back blocks by Mallory Curran and Dana VanDiggelen moments later extended the lead to 8-3. Wright State battled back to tie the game at 10 and consecutive kills later from Alisha Kimbro gave the Raiders a 21-19 lead, prompting a Rambler timeout. A Curran kill out of the break squashed some of the WSU momentum and two Zins kills and a Mindy Rees ace highlighted a 4-0 LU run that turned a 25-24 deficit into a 28-25 lead. The Ramblers were able to side-out from there, taking the opening game 30-27 on another Curran kill.
Wright State seized the early lead in game two and slowly extended the margin to 15-10 at the midway point. Erratic hitting plagued the Ramblers the rest of the way and prevented any sort of charge as the Raiders cruised to a 30-18 win to even the match.
The teams traded the first 14 points of the third game before a Raider error and a Curran ace put the Ramblers in front, 9-7. A Dana VanDiggelen kill maintained the two-point cushion (13-11) before Wright State made a run, surging to a 19-15 lead behind three Becca Awaa kills. Loyola would get no closer than three points the rest of the way as the hosts to a 2-1 lead in the match with the 30-25 win.
Another Awaa kill gave WSU a 14-11 lead in game four, as they attempted to close out the match, but Loyola would respond. Kills from Singer, Zins and VanDiggelen keyed a 4-0 run that gave the Ramblers a 15-14 lead at the halfway mark but Wright State roared back, notching six of the next seven to take a 20-16 lead. A pair of aces from Lauren Ditscheit helped Loyola claw its way back and a VanDiggelen kill finally drew them even at 25. Another VanDiggelen put-away and consecutive Wright State hitting errors put Loyola in the driver's seat, 28-26, but two blocks and an ace gave Wright State match point with a 29-28 lead. A Zins kill erased that opportunity and a Colleen Francis stuff at the net pushed LU to game point, up 30-29. Despite seeing that chance go by the boards, kills from Zins and Singer capped the 32-30 win and sent the match to a decisive fifth game.
After being tied on three different occasions to 6-all, Wright State seized control, reeling off five straight points to take a commanding 13-7 lead. The Ramblers did not fold and a Singer kill started a three-point run that carved the deficit to three, 13-10. However, the Raiders were able to side-out the rest of the way, with Awaa slamming the last of her 13 kills on match point.
Singer led four Ramblers in double figures with her 16 kills and narrowly missed a double-double with nine digs. She was joined by VanDiggelen (14 kills) and Zins (14 kills, 15 digs) and Melissa Craig (13 kills). Serritella's 29 digs were one short of what would have been a third 30-dig performance this season. Kimbro was the leader of the Wright State attack all night, tying a career-high with 27 kills.
Loyola wraps up the weekend road swing tomorrow afternoon at Butler.