With a 3-0 victory over Kent on Saturday, November 9, the varsity volleyball team earned its second straight Founders League title and the third seed in the Class A New England Prep School Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Loomis-Kent match was the first time the two volleyball programs ever have faced one another.
In the first set, the Pelicans struggled with some unforced errors and found themselves down 1-4 but quickly stormed back to tie the set at four behind three kills from senior captain Sky Hanley, sophomore Carys Baker, and senior Loren Jones. Loomis failed to maintain consistency, though, as the Pelicans struggled with their serving, preventing them from making big runs on the scoreboard. The Pelicans were able to side out quickly and maintain a lead throughout the set, eventually winning 25-17.
The Pelicans served much better in the second set, allowing Loomis to control the pace of play. Junior Anahi Cauley led the team with five kills in the set, and the squad cruised to a 25-15 win.
Kent came out strong in the third set, capitalizing on Pelican errors and playing aggressively, and the Lions jumped out to an 11-5 lead and then a 20-14 lead, but Loomis senior captains Sadie Olcott and Gabriele Kozik went on game-changing serving runs. Olcott’s six-point run gave the lead to the Pelicans 21-20, and Kozik followed up a kill with three straight aces to seal the victory 25-21.
With the win, Loomis earned its sixth Founders League title and its third in the last five years. The team will host St. Paul’s in the NEPSAC quarterfinal on Wednesday, November 13, in the Olcott Center at 4 p.m.