The Loyola women’s volleyball team (13-6, 6-0) extended its winning streak to six with a 3-0 victory over Missouri State University at Gentile Arena Saturday night.
The Ramblers were led by first-year outside hitter Addie Barnes with 10 kills and she also recorded a double-double with the addition of 12 digs. First-year outside hitter Sarah Murczek also contributed eight kills and 11 digs.
“I thought we did a nice job defensively and making sure we dug and dug to target,” Loyola head coach Amanda Berkley said. “[Redshirt senior libero Maddy Moser] has always done a nice job but I saw some really great digs from Sarah [Murczek] as well.”
The Ramblers jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the first set and never relinquished the lead. Addie Barnes registered the game-winning kill to give Loyola the first set by a score of 25-14.
Despite a sluggish start to begin the second set, Loyola found their rhythm and rallied. It was very back-and-forth to begin the set, but the Ramblers went on a 6-1 run that propelled them to win the set 25-17. Loyola went up 2-0 in set score.
The third set saw Missouri State come out swinging as they faced elimination. It was close the entire set, as neither team led by more than four. Loyola was able to hold on down the stretch, and a kill from Murczek sealed the deal. Loyola took the set 25-21 and the match 3-0.
The loss puts Missouri State at 4-16 on the season and drops them to second to last in conference play at 1-5.
Currently sitting at a 6-game winning streak, Berkley said the team has found its rhythm and seeks to continue their Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) dominance. The Ramblers changed the lineup around heading into today’s match, and Berkley said she wanted to get some new faces involved in the offense.
“It’s a lot of fun when we are able to get more people in the lineup,” redshirt senior middle blocker Heather Kocken said. “You’re always really excited when your teammates get the opportunity to play.”
Loyola is scheduled to continue its season Oct. 18 against Illinois State University. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcasted on ESPN+.