The Loyola women’s volleyball team (12-9, 4-5) defeated Indiana State University 3-1 at Gentile Arena Friday night to snap its five-match losing streak.
“I think that was a match we were kind of looking for in terms of the three sets that we won where we played well,” head coach Amanda Berkley said after the match. “I thought our passing was much improved that match, and when we pass, we can do some really good things.”
The Ramblers won the first two sets 25-17 and 25-16, respectively, after leading throughout both sets. In the third set, Loyola and Indiana State were neck-and-neck until the Sycamores came out on top 25-18. The Ramblers were able to take the lead early on in the fourth set, and took the set 25-14 to win the match 3-1.
Four Ramblers recorded double-digit kills: senior outside hitter Gabi Maciagowski led the way with a season-high of 15 while junior outside hitter Quinn Spieker tallied 14, sophomore middle blocker Elle Van Grinsven had 13 and redshirt junior right side hitter Heather Kocken had 10. Spieker also had 10 digs — diving for the ball to keep it from hitting the ground — en route to her seventh double-double of the season.
“If we can have four or five players in double-digit kills, that’s going to be really good for us,” Berkley said. “Overall, that was a really positive thing for us [tonight] and if we can spread out the offense, it’s just going to make it much more difficult for the defense to play around.”
Loyola went into the match with a five-match losing streak. Indiana State came in with a 1-8 record in Missouri Valley Conference play, and Maciagowski said it felt good to get back on the winning track, especially at home.
“I think everyone really stepped it up today,” Maciagowski said. “We really wanted that home win.”
The Ramblers are scheduled to take on University of Evansville Oct. 20 at Gentile Arena at 7 p.m.