Volleyball Records Road Sweep
BALTIMORE, Md. –– Maddi Sgattoni (Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) posted 14 kills to lead the Navy volleyball team to a three-set victory over Loyola Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena in Baltimore, Md. The Mids (18-5, 8-2 Patriot League) won a 25-19, 25-13, 25-22 decision over the Greyhounds (9-14, 3-7).
Navy remains in a tie with Army for second place in the league standings with six matches remaining in the regular season. Both teams sit one game in back of first-place American. The Mids hold the tiebreaker over the Eagles if those two teams finish the year tied in the final standings.
“We found a way to win,” said Navy head coach Larry Bock. “We know we can and need to play better than we did today, but this was a very important match for us after two very emotional five-set losses (at Army last Saturday and at American Friday). I was real impressed with how this team pulled together today for a solid match.”
Loyola built a 12-8 lead in the early part of the first set and still led by three points at 15-12 when Navy ran off the ensuing five points to take a 17-15 lead. Navy soon held an 18-17 lead when a Katie Patrick (Jr., Aurora, Colo.) kill started a modest 3-0 run that gave it a 21-17 lead. The Greyhounds scored the next point, but another 3-0 run by the Mids took them to set point with a 24-18 lead.
The second set saw six ties and five lead changes in the very early portion of the frame. Navy trailed Loyola 7-6 when a Sgattoni kill tied the stanza and kick-started an 8-0 run that gave the Mids a 14-7 cushion. The margin was at least six points over the remainder of the set.
Just as in the first set, Navy was playing from behind for much of the third set. Loyola held five-point leads at 11-6, 12-7 and 15-10. The Mids tied the set at 17-17, then the score would be knotted at 18-18, 19-19 and 22-22. A kill by Sgattoni broke what was the 10th tie of the set, then she stepped to the service line to start a point that went Navy’s way on a kill by Dorothy Murray (Sr., Harbor City, Calif.). Sgattoni then recorded an ace to close out the contest.
Navy ended the match with a .295-.170 advantage in hitting percentage over Loyola. This was in part to the Mids recording 14 more kills (45-31) than the Greyhounds. Navy also held slim leads of 5-3 in aces and 5-3.5 in blocks. The Mids also ended the match with one more dig than the Greyhounds (47-46).
“We kept our hitting errors down to a very respectable percentage,” said Bock. “We played really smart, and our outside hitters were a big part of that.”
In addition to her team-high 14 kills, Sgattoni also hit .289, dropped in two aces, grabbed three digs and tallied one solo block.
“Maddi was really impressive out there,” said Bock. “She was very effective with her hitting, which was made more of a challenge because Loyola was serving her. She passed and hit really well.”
Navy outside hitter Maggie Phillips (Sr., Leesburg, Va.) and right-side hitter Murray combined for 15 kills and two errors on 33 attempts (.375), with middle blocker Sarena Seelbach (So., Chapel Hill, N.C.) recording eight kills.
Defensively, Sydney Shearn (Jr., Louisville, Ky.) grabbed 15 digs, Darby Minton (Jr., Chino Hills, Calif.) snared 11 digs and setter Patricia Mattingly (Jr., New Albany, Ind.) totaled six digs and two blocks to go along with 35 assists.
Loyola’s Ann Ernst paced her team with both 11 kills and 10 digs.
Navy will return home for matches next weekend against Holy Cross (Friday, Oct. 27) and Colgate (Saturday, Oct. 28).
Patriot League Standings (Next Two Matches)
1 – 9-1 – American (Friday vs. Army, Saturday vs. Holy Cross)
T2 – 8-2 – Navy (Friday vs. Holy Cross, Saturday vs. Colgate)
T2 – 8-2 – Army West Point (Friday at American, Saturday at Loyola)
4 – 6-4 – Lehigh (Friday at Bucknell, Saturday at Lafayette)
5 – 4-6 – Bucknell (Friday vs. Lehigh, Sunday vs. Lafayette)
T6 – 3-7 – Loyola (Saturday vs. Army, Sunday vs. Colgate)
T6 – 4-6 – Colgate (Saturday at Navy, Sunday at Loyola)
8 – 2-8 – Lafayette (Saturday vs. Lehigh, Sunday vs. Bucknell)
9 – 1-9 – Holy Cross (Friday at Navy, Saturday at American)