The Loyola women’s volleyball team (17-8, 10-2) extended its winning streak to three matches with a 3-1 victory over Indiana State University Saturday night.
Loyola set a program record for most Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) wins in a season with its 10th win this year. The Ramblers still have six conference games remaining on the schedule.
Against Indiana State, the Ramblers were led in kills by senior outside hitter Quinn Spieker with 18. First-year outside hitter Addie Barnes also put up 14 kills and 13 digs.
“I had a rough week in practice, so this weekend was a good opportunity to turn things around [for me],” Spieker said. “The setters did a great job giving me balls and … it led to a good match.”
The Ramblers jumped out to an 8-4 lead in the first set against Indiana State. The Sycamores fought back to take the lead in the middle of the set as Loyola would later trail 14-11. It was close throughout, but first-year middle hitter Taylor Venuto had four kills and the Ramblers won the set 25-21.
The second set was a nail-biter. It was close until the Sycamores took a 23-19 lead over the Ramblers. Gentile Arena was on its feet as the Ramblers fought back to make it 23-21, and they later pulled within one. But Loyola couldn’t complete the comeback, dropping the second stanza 25-23 as Indiana State tied the match 2-2.
Similar to the previous set, the third set came down to the wire as both teams traded points. Tied at 19, the Ramblers went on a 6-3 run to close out the set and give Loyola a 2-1 lead in the match.
The fourth set was all Loyola as the Ramblers led the whole time. Loyola went up 20-14, but Indiana State rallied and brought the match within three points. A kill from Barnes and a service error from the Sycamores sealed the deal for the Ramblers as they won the set 25-21 and the match 3-1.
This loss puts Indiana State at 5-17 on the year and 3-9 in Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) play. The Sycamores are now tied for last in the MVC with Drake University.
With the win, the Ramblers hold on to second place in the MVC, trailing only University of Northern Iowa.
“[We’ve been] focusing on one match at a time, and we’ve talked a lot about having that focus for each match,” Berkley said. “We’re just trying to make sure that we’re playing at a high level and each time that we’re playing that we’re stepping out with some great play.”
Loyola is scheduled to continue its season Nov. 8 against Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on ESPN3.