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UMBC Volleyball’s Offense Picks Up Steam Late, Breaks Six-Game Slide With 3-1 Win Over Loyola (Md.)
Kira Giles handed out a career-high 53 assists in UMBC's 3-1 win over Loyola (Md.).
UMBC struggled through the first two sets, hitting .180 as a team in the first set with seven errors and .058 in the second set with 10 errors. The Retrievers, however, with the scored tied at a set apiece, started to find their groove in the third set. With the scored tied 14-14, Jessie Folk recorded a service ace followed by assisted blocks from Amanda Willie and Kira Giles, sparking UMBC to winning seven of the next eight points and taking a 21-15 lead.
UMBC kept the Greyhounds at a distance down the stretch of the third set as Ashley Oscars put the set away with a cross court kill, one of 16 kills for reigning America East Rookie of the Week.
In the fourth set UMBC took a 15-14 lead and fended off the Greyhounds who hung within a couple of points all the way to the end. UMBC constantly answered each Loyola point as Giles dished out 16 assists in the set while Oscars hit .462 with six kills and Ashley Hargrove hit .429 with four kills in the final set.
Oscars hit .325 for the match to go with her 16 kills. She registered a double-double with 11 digs. UMBC had five players in double figures with digs, led by Sarah Ball with 17, Jennifer Wylie with 16, Mallorie Clary with 12 and Pam Jarrett with 10. Ball recorded her second-consecutive double-double with 14 kills while Hargrove recorded 13 kills. Giles dished out a career-high 53 assists. UMBC dug 78 balls and had 8.5 team blocks.
The Retrievers return to action when they travel to the Villanova Tournament on Friday.