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Men's volleyball falls to Loras, 3-1

Men's volleyball falls to Loras, 3-1

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.

The Saints opened the match with a 10-6 lead, led by kills from senior Sam Safley and sophomore Raymond Tarasi. Tarasi added a service ace, as well.

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 final set saw the teams in another close battle, as a kill from sophomore Miles Olson and service ace from freshman Michael Collins gave the Saints a 7-5 lead.

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.

Safley led the Saints with 15 kills, while Tarasi added 11. Senior Joseph Zanelotti dished out 34 assists, while sophomore Chris Manganiello paced the defense with 10 digs.

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.