NEW ROCHELLE, NY - The Iona College volleyball team completed a perfect weekend at home with a four-set win over Loyola at the Hynes Center. A day after going the distance vs. Rider, the Gaels used a fast start to hold off the Greyhounds this afternoon.
Iona used a 10-0 run to start the match and scored 16 of the set's first 17 points in a 25-8 win. The Maroon & Gold hit a ridiculous .667 in the frame with 16 kills in 24 attempts with no errors.
Eight tie scores and five lead changes marked the first 28 points of the frame. Tied at 14-14, the Gaels went on a 9-2 run to pull away in the 25-19 set win.
The Greyhounds used an early 9-2 run in the third to force a fourth set. The visitors held off a late charge as the Gaels cut a once seven point deficit to just one at 22-21. Loyola notched three of the last four to take the set, 25-22.
Both teams hit well in the final set, but Iona's .467-.312 advantage in the department proved to be too much in the 25-18 finale.
Sophomore OH Alicja Pawelec
recorded nine of her game-high 20 kills in the final set in the win. She hit .326 and recorded 11 digs and three aces in her eighth double-double of the year. Freshman MH Catrina Warren
hit .480 with 14 kills, six blocks, six digs and four aces while sophomore OH matched the .480 percentage with 12 kills on 25 attempts and no errors. Sophomore RS Kelsey Hess
and senior MH Molly O'Shea
had five kills apiece.
Defensively the Gaels followed up a school record 125 dig effort from the day before with 71 more led by junior libero Theresa Harvey's
match-high 23. Freshman DS Katie Marabella
and sophomore DS Ellen Carberry
posted 12 and 11 digs respectively.
Anchoring the all-around team effort was senior S Nicole Tamburri
. She matched her career-best with 51 assists on the Gaels' 58 total kills.
Loyola's Faye Lucas, Jac Bullock and Tina Catanach each had nine kills while libero Janet Pressler posted 15 digs in the loss.
Iona continues a season-long four-game home stand next weekend when they host Saint Peter's (Oct. 8) and Manhattan (Oct. 9) at the Hynes Center.