The Loyola women’s volleyball won back-to-back games against Loyola University Maryland and Montana State University, at Gentile Arena Friday in the Rambler Challenge tournament hosted by Loyola.
The Ramblers beat Loyola Maryland 3-2 at noon and Montana State 3-0 at 7:30 p.m.
After losing the first two sets to Loyola-Maryland 25-17 and 27-25, the Ramblers came back to win the next three sets. The third set resulted in a 25-23 Rambler victory and the fourth set also marked a 25-21 win to tie the set score at 2-2.
Heading into the fifth and final set, Loyola Chicago was able to pull away to take the set 16-14, giving the Ramblers their first home win of the season.
“The match this morning was a very tough match,” Loyola head coach Amanda Berkley said. “We gutted out a win, and I think that was huge just for the confidence of this team and to show that we can and we can play how we want to play.”
Heading into their second match in the span of 8 hours, the Ramblers faced the Montana State University Bobcats.
In the first set, no team led by more than two. The Ramblers were able to edge the Bobcats by a score of 28-26 to take the first set. Loyola dominated the second and third sets, highlighted by a 6-0 Rambler run to start the third set.
Leading by as many as nine, the Ramblers cruised to an easy third set win and a clean sweep of the Bobcats, their first sweep of the season.
First-year outside hitter Addie Barnes recorded a double-double against Montana State with 11 kills and 13 digs. In the same game, the Ramblers were led by senior outside hitter Quinn Spieker with 18 kills, and she also contributed with 11 digs.
“It’s tough playing two games [in one day], especially since we went into five sets in the first game,” Barnes said. “Your body gets tired, but that’s where your mental toughness comes in.”
Bobcats’ junior outside hitter Hannah Scott led Montana State with 11 kills three digs.
Coming off of last night’s disappointing 3-1 loss to Stephen F. Austin State University, Berkley said limiting errors was the focal point of the offense heading into the doubleheader.
“I think overall we’re starting to play like we know we can play and more consistently,” Berkley said. “I was very pleased with how we played throughout the match and even some of the grit we showed in that first set to really pull out that win. In the second and third sets we really took control of the match.”
Loyola is next scheduled to play Western Michigan University Sept. 7 at Gentile Arena. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m. and will be broadcasted on ESPN+.