Balanced Effort Propels Lehigh To 3-0 Sweep Over Loyola

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Behind a strong all-around team effort, the Lehigh volleyball team opened a challenging home weekend with a 3-0 sweep of Loyola Friday night inside Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall. Five different players contributed six or more kills as Lehigh hit .327 as a team, while limiting Loyola to .019. The Mountain Hawks also registered 12 blocks.

Sophomore Megan Schulte led the attach with 11 kills, while first-year Madison McCartney delivered a strong effort with six kills, no errors, a .545 hitting percentage and four blocks.

The win moves Lehigh to 11-8 overall and 2-5 in the league, while Loyola falls to 5-9 overall and 3-4 in league play.

“After a little bump in the road last week, we came back this week looking to be a little more disciplined on some things that we needed to be,” Lehigh head coach Alexa Keckler said. “The players have been pushing themselves and to see that come out tonight with the full energy that we’re asking for and the effort. That’s probably the best defensive game we’ve played in a while. Our blocking and our back row defense were on. It was great to see the hard work and the results from the things we’ve been asking them to this week, show up and work on the court. The players were bought in and did that, and tonight was the result.”

Home win highlights!#GoLehigh #DoRight

— Lehigh Volleyball (@LehighVBall) October 8, 2022

Following a 1-1 tie in the first set, Lehigh reeled off four straight points to never trail again in the frame. A kill by Schulte put Lehigh up by as many as six at 19-13. Loyola battled back within three late, but kills by McCartney and sophomore Emily Stewart cemented a 25-21 win.

“Madison has been working extremely hard in practice,” Keckler said. “She’s so fundamentally sound in her game. To put her in and get some great swings, and even from the service line she did an excellent job. It was a great match for her and it was nice for us to see that out of her and for her to experience that.”

Set two was Lehigh’s most dominant of the night. The Mountain Hawks built leads of 7-1, 9-2 and 13-3 before the Greyhounds burned a timeout. Loyola hit -0.167 in the second with Lehigh registering six blocks in the set. A solo block by junior Lylah Washington gave Lehigh his largest lead at 21-7 and the Mountain Hawks went on to claim the set 25-13 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Gallery: (10-7-2022) Volleyball vs Loyola, 10/7/22

Lehigh used a 5-1 run to break a 4-4 tie in set three. Loyola battled back to tie the set at 10-10 but the Mountain Hawks reeled off seven of the next eight points to go up 17-11. A double block by Washington and Stewart put Lehigh up 19-12 and Loyola would get no closer than six points the rest of the way. A kill from first-year Natalie Luscomb wrapped up a 25-18 set win and a 3-0 sweep.

Luscomb finished with nine kills and five blocks, while Stewart added seven kills and seven blocks. Sophomore Makena Smith handed out 34 assists and added eight digs, while sophomore libero Kyleigh Brown tied for match-high honors with 15 digs.

“That’s been our season to some extent, where we’ve had two pieces on maybe not somewhere else,” Keckler said. “Tonight, everyone was producing at the level that we have known that they can. That was a really excellent performance by our team. They did a really great job, playing for each other and picking each other up was pretty cool to see.”

Megan Bukala and Lauren Link led Loyola with eight kills apiece.

The Mountain Hawks are back home on Saturday to host Colgate at 4 pm

Six kills, no errors, a .545 hitting percentage and four blocks for first year Madison McCartney!

— Lehigh Volleyball (@LehighVBall) October 8, 2022

Hear from head coach Alexa Keckler following Friday’s win!

— Lehigh Volleyball (@LehighVBall) October 8, 2022

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