The Wolf Pack will square off against the University St. Thomas on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. inside The Den.
A week after the cancellation of the St. Thomas Tournament in Houston, Loyola University New Orleans volleyball will host the Celts this Sunday. The match, which was announced today, will benefit relief efforts on the St. Thomas campus and the Houston area. First serve is scheduled at 11 a.m. in The Den.
"In New Orleans, we know first-hand what the people in Houston are experiencing," said Loyola head volleyball coach Jesse Zabal. "We are grateful for the opportunity to support our friends at St. Thomas in their recovery from the effects of Harvey."
These two teams were originally scheduled to square off on September 2 in Houston at the St. Thomas Labor Day Tournament before the hurricane forced St. Thomas to cancel all eight matches.
Under the direction of head coach Keanne Burt, the Celts come to New Orleans with a 2-2 overall record. St. Thomas is currently the most efficient team in the Red River Conference, leading the league with a .189 hitting percentage thanks in large part to Sophie Rigaut's conference-best 0.303 clip. Brooke Garcia paces the Celts offense with 32 total kills while Hannah Westerlage's 65 assists are currently tops on the team.
The Wolf Pack (4-3) enters the match having won three of its last four contests. After collecting victories over Jarvis Christian, Alcorn State(NCAA DI) and SUNO, Loyola dropped its most recent match against Xavier (0-3) on Sept. 1 at the XULA Convocation Center. Junior Allison Hartmann (JR/Slidell, La.) has been a consistent force for Loyola throughout the early part of the season - ranking second in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) with a 0.303 hitting percentage and 1.0 blocks per set to go along with a fourth overall standing in total blocks (25). Sophomore Sunni Blanchard (SO/Pierre Part, La.) leads the team and ranks inside the top 10 of the SSAC in both total assists (108) and assists per set (4.5) while sophomore Kaitlynn Watson (SO/South Lake Tahoe, Ca.)'s 75 digs are 16th most in the league.
Sunday's matchup will take place inside the newly-renovated Den with first serve scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Loyola will be accepting donations at the door with 100% of the proceeds going to the #CeltCare - Harvey Student Relief Fund.
This event is in conjunction with Loyola's "Harvey Relief Week" where student organizations from across the Loyola campus have come together to raise money to show support for those affected by the hurricane by putting on events such as a blood drive, bake sale, and a letter writing campaign.
If you can not make it to Sunday's match, there are still plenty of ways to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey: