-- Cindy Okpegbue
and Ariel Richard
each had 10 kills, but Loyola (Md.) defeated Coppin State 26-24, 27-25, 25-18 in a non-conference match on Wednesday at Reitz Arena.
Okpegbue had 10 kills in 22 attempts and posted a .409 hitting percentage to pace the Eagles offense. Richard had 10 kills, five digs and a block.
Coppin State (2-6) hit .160 for the match, but Loyola hit .265 as a team and had 54 digs compared to 40 for the Eagles.
Faye Lukas had 20 kills and six digs for Loyola (8-4) as the Greyhounds extended their winning streak to four straight. Jac Bullock added 11 kills for Loyola and Lauren Andersen had 39 assists.
Coppin State led 15-10 in the first set before the Greyhounds rallied. Loyola took a 24-23 lead, but Kandace Thomas
tied the match at 24-24 with a kill. But the Greyhounds got a kill from Mindy Maloney and a Coppin State attack error to close out the set.
The second set was tied 24-24 and the Eagles took a 25-24 lead on a kill from Okpegbue, but a CSU attack error tied the match at 25-25. The Greyhounds then captured the second set on back-to-back kills from Lukas.
Loyola jumped out to a 21-9 lead in the third set and then held off a Coppin State charge to complete the three-set sweep.