ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University men's volleyball team dropped a mid-week contest to Loras College, 3-1, on Wednesday evening at the Converse Family Fieldhouse.
In a hard-fought set, the Duhawks came back to take a 15-14 lead, and the teams went back-and-forth through the remainder of the first frame.
A kill from sophomore Jason Perkins gave Marymount a 24-22 lead, but four-straight points by Loras put the Saints in a 1-0 hole.
In another tightly-contest set, the Duhawks jumped out to a 7-4 lead in the second. Two kills from Tarasi, and another from Safley, helped bring the Saints back for a 10-9 edge.
Neither team was able to take more than a two-point lead the rest of the way, but, this time, the Saints came up with the late rally. Trailing 22-21, a 4-1 closing run, capped by a kill from sophomore Ervin Harrell tied the match, 1-1.
The Duhawks held a slight lead to open the third set, 8-6, before a 10-1 run in Loras' favor opened up their advantage.
The Saints responded with two kills by Safley, sandwiching a kill by freshman Hayden Kerekes, but the Duhawks remained in control for a 25-16 win.
The Duhawks came back to take the lead, 10-9, but, again, neither team was able to pull away.
A kill from Tarasi helped the Saints take a late, 19-16, edge, but the Duhawks found another late run, 9-3, to take the match.
The Saints will be back in action on Saturday, February 1 in the Stevenson Invitational, beginning the day against Nazareth College; the match is set for 2 p.m.