The Loyola women’s volleyball team (13-9, 5-5) swept University of Evansville 3-0 at Gentile Arena Friday night for its second straight win.
Loyola controlled every set, winning by margins of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-17. The back-to-back wins this weekend over Evansville and Indiana State University come after the team endured a five-game losing streak.
“It was nice just to play a little bit more clean volleyball and I thought we did that tonight,” head coach Amanda Berkley said.
Berkley said the team’s passing and defense at the net were key factors in the victory. The team tallied 12 blocks on the night compared to two blocks from Evansville. Sophomore middle blocker Elle Van Grinsven led the team with seven blocks, while senior outside hitter Morgan Gresham and redshirt junior right side hitter Heather Kocken each contributed five blocks.
“There were a couple key players on their side and we didn’t want to lose to a couple people,” Gresham said. “So we were really keyed in on what they were doing [on offense].”
The Ramblers were led on offense by Gresham and senior outside hitter Gabi Maciagowski, who each hit a team-best nine kills.
Loyola was helped out in the win by errors from the Purple Aces. Evansville closed the night with 10 service errors and 24 attack errors.
Berkley said the wins this weekend were big for her team’s confidence as it heads into road rematches with conference opponents Drake University and MVC-leader University of Northern Iowa.
“I think the team is ready,” Berkley said. “We keep talking about how we’re going to move forward and take a step in the right direction and I think they did that tonight.”
Loyola is scheduled to begin its two-game road trip at Drake Oct. 26th at 7 p.m.