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Loyola volleyball sweeps home finale against Spring Hill; players honored

October 30, 2009

The Loyola University New Orleans volleyball team hosted Jesuit and Gulf Coast Athletic Conference rival Spring Hill College on Tuesday night at The Den, and came away with an impressive 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-23) victory.

Loyola (15-10, 6-2 GCAC), playing their final home match of the season, took a 2-0 lead in the first game after two aces by Lindsey Mullinix. Another ace by Mullinix gave Loyola a 13-9 lead, then the Wolfpack extended their advantage with an 8-4 run, capped off by a Samantha Worsham ace. Spring Hill got two kills to make the score 24-17 Wolfpack, before Kari Price slammed an attack to give Loyola a 25-17 win.

In the second set, the teams were neck and neck early on, until Spring Hill (6-12, 3-6 GCAC) scored four straight points after being down 9-8. Loyola evened the score at 12 with a Rachael Roth kill, and then the Wolfpack scored eight of the next 12 points to go up 20-16. Ashley Abendschein would end the game at 25-20 with her ninth kill of the set.

In the final set, the Lady Badgers fought back to tie the game at 8-8 after being down early. With the game tied, Worsham made an outstanding save on a Loyola pass, setting up Price for a kill. The Wolfpack took a 20-17 lead after two straight kills by Roth, then Mullinix finished off a Spring Hill rally with a kill for the 25-23 win.

Abendschein and Roth both stepped up in the absence of conference kill leader Gina Gill, who was out due to an injury, leading the attack with 12 kills each. Roth finished the match with a .417 hitting percentage, and Taylor Jones had six kills at .667 percent. Worsham finished with 36 assists, while Amanda Oldani led defensively with 12 digs. Along with five kills, Mullinix had four aces and four blocks, including two solo.

Also announced this week, Gill, Oldani and Worsham were named the GCAC’s Hitter, Libero and Setter of the Week respectively for the week ending October 25th.

Loyola heads to Georgetown, Texas, on Halloween weekend to play in the Southwestern Tournament. The Wolfpack are slated for four matches, with the first two on Friday, Oct. 30, against Austin College at 1 p.m. and Huston-Tillotson at 7 p.m.

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