Loyola head coach Mark Chang said it was natural for the Ramblers to have a letdown after dominating the first set in Wednesday’s match at home against Glenbrook North.
Despite dropping the second set, the Ramblers scored the first five points of the third on their way to a a 25-11, 19-25, 25-14 victory over the Spartans.
“It’s hard to sustain that high adrenaline play,” Chang said. “The girls are so amped up and so hungry to prove themselves. The hard part is when you have to tap into those reserves and get that energy back. Some of our fundamentals slipped in the second.”
Junior middle Elizabeth Ford had an all-around impressive performance, finishing with eight blocks, five kills and one ace. Junior right-side hitter/setter Mary Kate Lopez had seven kills and three blocks, while junior outside hitter Julia Martinez finished with 14 digs and seven kills.
Loyola (2-0) plays at New Trier’s invitational Friday and Saturday, and Chang said the Ramblers are going into the tournament with a lot of confidence. Loyola has never won tournament.
“These early games have showed us what we can accomplish,” he said. “What will be instrumental for me [this weekend] are making lineup decisions and getting our rotations down.”