WASHINGTON – In a total team effort, the American University volleyball team extended its winning streak to 14 matches, as it downed Loyola Maryland, 25-13, 25-16, 25-13 on Wednesday evening in Bender Arena.
With the win, the Eagles improved to 18-4 on the season and 9-0 in the Patriot League, while the Greyhounds dropped to 2-20 overall and 0-9 in the league.
Junior Allison Cappellino led AU with nine kills, while classmate Sarah Katz, who played in just two sets, added seven kills and seven digs. Senior middle blocker Kelly McCaddin had a strong all-around effort, finishing with five kills, five blocks and a team-high eight digs.
In the opening set, the Eagles scored five straight points with McCaddin on the service line to break a 3-3 tie, and AU never looked back. Cappellino finished with five kills in the set to lead American, which hit .406, while Katz and senior Kristyna Lindovska added four kills each.
The Greyhounds hung close in the second set, staying within four points in the early going. However, AU outscored Loyola 10-4 down the stretch to pick up the victory. The Eagles hit a match-high .478 in the set and Cappellino again led the team in kills with three.
The score was tied at 7-7 in the third set, but the Eagles put together an 11-2 run to take control and secure the match victory. Senior setter Monika Smidova led American with four kills in the set, while McCaddin added three kills and two blocks.
For the match, AU posted a .402 attack percentage, while limiting Loyola to .032 hitting. The Eagles also recorded 12.5 total blocks, with McCaddin and freshman Erin Swartz each finishing with five.
"[Tonight's match] was a good [opportunity] for everyone to contribute and they did," said American head coach Barry Goldberg. "That was a good sign. Everyone came in and made some plays. It was a good team effort. Kelly McCaddin [in particular] was superb tonight. She made digs, she made blocks, she hit the ball. She didn't have a ton of any (stat), but was good at everything."
The Eagles are off from competition until next Wednesday, Oct. 29, when they host George Washington in a non-conference contest at 7 p.m.