The Loyola women’s volleyball team (3-2) defeated Georgia State University 3-0 for its second sweep of the day Friday night.
“Each match, we’ve kind of started off just a little bit slow, but we’ve found our rhythm as the match kept going,” head coach Amanda Berkley said after the match. “The first set wasn’t the prettiest, but we fought to get that win. Then in the second and third sets, we picked up our serving and … got some more aces there, and I think that helped us.”
The match went back-and-forth from the beginning. After Georgia State tied the first set 20-20, Loyola came out on top 25-23. The second set was a similar story, as the two teams were tied 15-15 before the Ramblers went on a 10-2 run to take a 2-0 lead.
In the third set, Loyola never led by more than four points until going on a 9-4 run to take the set 25-18 and complete the sweep.
Junior outside hitter Quinn Spieker led Loyola with 12 kills while sophomore middle blocker Elle Van Grinsven had nine. In two games Friday, Spieker tallied 23 kills and attributed her teammates’ performances to her improvement.
“With the [middle blockers] working hard, that opens up my area to make it easier for me,” Spieker said. “Overall, I think everyone’s just doing their role and … that’s how I’ve been finding my success.”
The Ramblers are set to square off against Marshall University Sept. 1 to conclude the 2018 Rambler Challenge.