Eagles Down Loyola Maryland, 3-0

Eagles Down Loyola Maryland, 3-0

BALTIMORE, Md. – Senior Monika Smidova finished with 25 assists and 10 digs, while junior Allison Cappellino scored a team-high 10 kills as the American University volleyball team swept Loyola University Maryland, 25-14, 25-15, 25-17 on Wednesday evening.

The Eagles, who have won 10 straight matches, improved to 14-4 overall and 5-0 in the Patriot League, while the Greyhounds fell to 2-16 overall and 0-5 in the league.

AU grabbed a decisive victory in the first set, putting together a 16-3 run to pull away. The Eagles recorded six service aces in the opening set, including back-to-back aces by Smidova that pushed American to a 21-7 advantage. Senior Kelly McCaddin finished with four kills in the set to lead the Eagles, who registered a .310 attack percentage.

In the second set, American sprinted out to an early 12-5 lead before a run by Loyola cut the margin to one point. However, the Eagles finished out the set on a roll, outscoring the Greyhounds 12-3 to capture the win. Cappellino led AU in the set with four kills, while senior Kristyna Lindovska added three kills and a pair of blocks.

Meanwhile, Cappellino and Lindovska each scored three kills in the final set to lead AU to a seven-point victory. With a comfortable margin throughout the set, American was able to hold Loyola to a negative attack percentage in the third set.

 “It was a solid win for us tonight,” said senior libero Megan Rosburg. “It’s nice to see many parts of our game steadily improve and come together as the season progresses. We look to keep this momentum going into this weekend and make a big statement on our home court.”

The Eagles return home this weekend, Oct. 10-11, for a pair of Patriot League matches. American hosts Lehigh on Friday at 7 p.m., while facing Colgate on Saturday at 2 p.m.