NEW ORLEANS, La. - Spring Hill College volleyball lost a dogfight at Loyola University by a score of 3-2 in a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) West Division match at The Den on Tuesday night. The Wolfpack took the match by the scores (25-22, 15-25, 28-30, 27-25, 15-10).
Loyola (6-5, 1-0 SSAC) trailed 5-2 early in the first set, but fought back to even the score at 8-8. With the game even at 22, the Wolfpack scored the final three points which included an ace by Kailey Tuthill to take the opening set 25-22.
Spring Hill (5-2, 1-1) dominated the second game, winning 25-15. A kill by junior Yiting Cao of Shanghai, China, who finished with a game-high 33, put the Badgers 19-10. Cao then ended the set at 25-15 with an ace.
For the third game, Loyola held a slight 22-19 lead after a kill by Gina Gill. Spring Hill battled back to even the set, and then won in extra points 30-28.
Trailing 18-11 in the fourth set, the Wolfpack put together a run to close the gap at 24-21. A kill by Samantha Worsham, who led with 47 assists, started a 4-0 run to give Loyola a one point edge. Amanda Oldani delivered an ace to even the match with a 27-25 victory.
In the final set, the Wolfpack used another 4-0 run to take a 10-8 lead. Spring Hill managed to come within one before a block by Sabrian Stansberry and Katie Broadbent gave Loyola the match with a 15-10 win.
Along with Cao, Spring Hill was led by junior Abbey Roam of Lebanon, Mo., with 11 kills and junior Cassandra Marchand from Grand Bay, Ala., with 10 kills. Freshman Taryn Nash of Independence, Mo., finished with 51 assists.
Tuthill led the Wolfpack with a career-high 20 kills and Gill added 19 on the night.
Spring Hill (5-2, 1-1 SSAC) will host a nonconference match with Huntingdon College (3-5) on Tuesday, September 21, at 6 p.m. at the Arthur R. Outlaw Recreation Center.
Courtesy Loyola University Sports Information Department