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Volleyball Home Twice this Weekend

Oct. 15, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– The Navy volleyball team will open a four-match homestand by playing host to Loyola Friday at 7 p.m. and Lafayette Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Wesley A. Brown Field House.

A free, live video stream of Friday’s match against Loyola will be available at NavySports.com, as will live statistics from both matches.

All fans without a Department of Defense identification card will need to either park outside of the Naval Academy and walk through the security checkpoint or else ride the free shuttle bus to and from the match. Fans can catch the shuttle bus from the blue (west) side parking lot of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium starting at 6 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday. There is a $5 per vehicle fee to park at the stadium.

Navy’s players and coaches will hold an autograph session for fans after the conclusion of Friday’s match against Loyola.

The Mids fell to 0-6 against Patriot League opponents this year with a pair of five-set losses at Holy Cross and Army West Point last weekend. Navy totaled more kills (117-107), aces (13-8) and digs (148-128) than it allowed the Crusaders and Black Knights to tally, but those two foes accrued 24 blocks to 10 by Mids to combine for a .192-.171 hitting percentage advantage.

Four of Navy’s six league matches and five of its last seven matches in all have been decided in five sets. There have been only three five-set matches in league play this year that have not involved the Mids.

The Mids also continue to lead the league in sets decided by five or fewer points. Nearly 60 percent of Navy’s 27 sets have been decided by no more than five points, which includes half of the team’s 10 sets it played last weekend.

“We are continuing to learn what a fine line there is between being very, very good and very, very average,” said Navy head coach Larry Bock. “We are figuring out way too slowly how to be at the former when the bright lines come on.

“There has never been a doubt about the physical effort of our team and its absolute collective resolve. However, we are challenged to approach each point and each set with a consistent emotional and focal fortitude. We continually think this team is on the edge of being special.”

Loyola saw its record in league play move to 1-6 Wednesday night with a three-set home loss to American. The Mids defeated the Greyhounds twice last season, winning in three sets at home and in four sets in Baltimore. The latter match saw two sets decided by just two points and another set determined by three points.

Lafayette enters a Thursday night match at home against Colgate with a 2-4 record against league competition. Navy recorded a pair of three-set victories over the Leopards during the 2014 season.

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