The Loyola women’s volleyball team (4-2) defeated Marshall University 3-0 Saturday afternoon in the final game of the Hampton Inn Rambler Challenge.
“Marshall is a very feisty team and I thought we did a good job of really staying composed,” head coach Amanda Berkley said after the game. “We improved as the match went on too. I’m very impressed with the team this weekend.”
The Thundering Herd took an early lead in the first set, but the Ramblers retaliated behind senior outside hitter Morgan Gresham’s seven kills. Loyola went on two different scoring streaks in the first set. With the help of first-year defensive specialist Lauren Caprini’s defense, which included 10 digs, the Ramblers were able to take the set 25-20.
To start the second set, the Ramblers went on a 4-0 scoring streak. The Thundering Herd kept up the offense and tied Loyola multiple times. Redshirt junior right side hitter Heather Kocken tallied five kills in the second set to give her six over the two sets. The Ramblers took the second set 25-22 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Ramblers couldn’t jump far ahead early in the third set, as the Thundering Herd kept pace. But Loyola went on a set-ending 10-5 run to win 25-15 and seal its third straight sweep.
Kocken and junior outside hitter Quinn Spieker finished with nine kills while Gresham had eight. Junior setter Delilah Wolf totaled 30 assists and Caprini had 16 digs.
The win gave the Ramblers their first tournament win since 2015, and they’re one win away from tying last year’s win total of five.
Loyola is scheduled to take on Utah State University as part of the Delta Hotel Tournament Sept. 7 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.