Aug. 27, 2010
TOLEDO, Ohio - The Loyola University Maryland volleyball team started strong in the 2010 season opener against Toledo with an opening set victory, but eventually fell to the Rockets on Friday evening at the Rocket Classic, 3-1 (25-14, 23-25, 16-25, 13-25).
Outside hitter Nina Camaioni (Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown) turned in a strong double-double effort with 17 kills and 13 digs to lead the Loyola offense. Brittany Born (Ellicott City, Md./Archbishop Spalding) led the Greyhounds in digs with 19 and Katie Dircks (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) also shone, registering eight kills and 17 digs.
Setter Aubrey Kirven (Hartville, Ohio/Lake) contributed 32 assists and eight digs in the match and freshman Jac Bullock (Aubrey, Texas/Aubrey) made her collegiate debut on Friday, collecting six kills, two digs and the team's lone solo block.Loyola drops to 0-1 on the season, while Toledo improves to 1-0.
The Greyhounds opened the match with an impressive first set win. The score stood 6-5 in Loyola's favor early but the Greyhounds pulled away thanks to kills by Aubrey Kirven and Jac Bullock to force a Toledo timeout with Loyola ahead, 10-5.
Toledo narrowed the gap to 11-9 after the stoppage but could not stop the Loyola offense. A furious run that featured scoring from all around the floor turned into a 23-13 advantage for the Greyhounds and Nina Camaioni would put the Rockets away in the first set with a kill and an ace for an opening 25-14 win.
Loyola opened the second set by taking 4-3 lead and holding Toledo at bay, leading by one or two points before kills from Camaioni and Jac Bullock and a Nicole Sarby (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) ace gave the Greyhounds some breathing room. Loyola's lead would prove short-lived, however, as Toledo found its scoring touch to tie the set at 15-15.
The sides swapped points before a Toledo service error gave Loyola the lead back at 19-18. Another Greyhound point pushed the score to 20-18, prompting a Toledo timeout. The Rockets took advantage of the breather and tied the game at 20-20, eventually retaking the lead and holding off Loyola for a 25-23 second set win.
Both teams found themselves in an evenly-matched battle in the third set, with neither side holding a lead for long. The Rockets broke an 11-11 deadlock but Loyola would tie the set again at 15-15 after a Toledo attack error. A run of four straight points gave Toledo a 19-15 advantage and pulled away to win the set, 25-16.
Loyola fell behind early in the fourth set, trailing 11-4 before narrowing the gap to 12-7 thanks in part to kills from Nicole Sarby and Katie Dircks. Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, Toledo took control of the set from there and extended its advantage throughout the frame. Nina Camaioni and Katie Dircks worked to chip away late at the Rocket lead but the effort wasn't enough, as Toledo sealed the match with a 25-13 win.
The Greyhounds return to the Rocket Classic on Saturday with matches against Michigan at noon and Binghamton at 5 p.m.