The Loyola women’s volleyball team (2-2) won its home opener 3-0 against Furman University Friday afternoon to open the Rambler Challenge tournament.
“I’m just really proud of the girls. They put together a more complete game,” head coach Amanda Berkley said. “I think it’s actually the best I have seen them play this season. They came out with a really great sense of focus and a really great attitude to compete today.”
The Ramblers took an early lead during the first set, but lost some momentum and ended up trailed the Paladins 11-7. Loyola went on a 5-0 scoring run and, after going back-and-forth with Furman, two service aces from first-year libero Lauren Caprini brought the score to 20-17. Redshirt junior outside hitter Heather Kocken’s third kill tied things up 22-22 and the Ramblers went on to win the opening set 26-24.
In the second set, the teams were tied for a majority of the first half. A block from sophomore middle blocker Elle Van Grinsven and junior setter Delilah Wolf gave the Ramblers a 19-16 lead, and the Ramblers never looked back, winning the 25-21 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Struggling early in the third set, Berkley called a timeout after the Paladins took a 10-9 lead. After the huddle broke, Loyola turned things around, taking a 16-14 lead. Loyola eventually won the set 25-22 to seal the victory.
Junior outside hitter Quinn Spieker led the Ramblers in kills with 11, followed by Van Grinsven with eight and senior outside hitter Morgan Gresham with five.
“[Spieker] was very focused today and I think she is a competitor and I think what she does really well is she takes care of the ball,” Berkley said. “She’s just a good volleyball player and she did a really nice job today just keeping the ball in play and finding ways to score.”
The Ramblers are scheduled to face Georgia State University at 7 p.m. tonight in Gentile Arena.
A previous version of this article incorrectly stated the women’s volleyball team hadn’t had a sweep since 2016. This article has been updated to reflect the correction.