NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Spring Hill College volleyball team ran past the Loyola University (La.) Wolf Pack in a Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) match at The Den on Tuesday night by the score of 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-22).
Loyola (8-18, 5-8 SSAC) cut an 11-6 SHC first-set lead down to 12-10, but then senior middle blocker Sha Sha Buchanan out of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in Mobile flexed her muscles for four kills, a solo block and a service ace in the set to stop the bleeding and send the Badgers to a 25-18 victory.
Spring Hill turned a close 4-4 second set into an 8-4 Badger advantage before coasting to a 25-14 win for a 2-0 lead in the match. The third set found Loyola leading 16-13, but SHC rallied to take a late 18-17 lead that quickly grew out to 20-17 behind the serving of freshman outside hitter Molly Griffin from Westlake Village, Calif.
Buchanan led all SHC scorers with 11 kills in the match while freshman outside hitter Madison Seuzeneau of Tampa, Fla., recorded 10 kills and senior setter Taryn Nash of Independence, Mo., handed out 33 assists. On defense, senior libero Meredith Donald of McGill-Toolen took in 12 digs with 16 receptions and junior Megan Haber of Lillian, Ala., had three total blocks at the net.
Loyola was paced by Eva Allen with 11 kills, setter Daniela Leal with 25 assists and Becca Burnett with 10 digs and 12 receptions.
Overall, SHC hit .319 (42-12-94) while Loyola swung for a .160 (34-18-100) average. Spring Hill had four services aces and an uncharacteristic four service errors as the Wolf Pack served up two aces and five service aces. SHC collected six total blocks and Loyola had three total blocks.
With the victory, the Badgers extended their current winning streak to 18 matches and maintained a two-game lead over Southern Wesleyan University in the SSAC regular season standings with three games remaining.
Spring Hill (26-3, 11-0 SSAC) will next travel to Jackson, Miss., on Friday night to visit the Tougaloo College Bulldogs (2-13) for a non-conference match in a 6 p.m. start.