“I’m pleased to get the three-set victory tonight,” said Tiger coach Bruce Atkinson. “I thought tonight also showed us some things that we need to work on moving forward.”
Towson jumped out to an early 15-11 lead in the first set behind a kill from senior Marta Machos. Loyola (2-2) pulled to within 19-17 before two kills from junior Dayane Van Ass and one from senior Aubrey Kirven helped the home team secure the 25-20 set win. The second set proved to be the tightest of the contest as there were 11 ties and four lead changes in the set. Tied at 14-14, the Tigers scored six of the next eight points to take a 20-16 lead in the set. Towson would go on to post the 25-20 set victory and take a 2-0 lead in the match. In the third set, the Tigers jumped out to a quick 9-5 lead and extended their advantage to 17-12 on back-to-back blocks. Towson would go on to post the 25-18 victory in the set and capture the match.
Towson, which has not dropped a set so far this season, was led by senior Alysha McCreary with eight kills and four blocks. Kirven had 32 assists and four digs while sophomore Paige Sekerak led all players with 14 digs. Junior Katy Buck contributed seven kills and six digs in the contest.
Tina Catanach led Loyola with 11 kills while Lauren Anderson had 21 assists and four digs.
Towson is back in action on Friday, August 31 when the Tigers take on Virginia Tech at 7 p.m. as part of the Hokie Classic.