Aug. 29, 2008
Moon Township, Pa. - The Loyola women's volleyball found hard times in its season-opening matches at the Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational, being swept in three games Friday by both Lehigh and host Robert Morris.
The Greyhounds opened the season with the contest with MountainHawks and after dropping the opening two games by 25-16 and 25-11 scores, battled in the third game before falling 27-25 to give Lehigh the match. Forced to work as the team's setter for the first time in her career due to defections and injuries in the preseason, senior Samantha Greenbaum collected 22 assists for the Greyhounds. Junior Stasia Collins led the team with eight kills, sophomore Brittany Born recorded six digs and junior Karlee Woodward registered four solo blocks.
Loyola was back at it that evening and came out strong in the first game of the match with the Colonials before losing 29-27. Robert Morris won the second game 25-10 and completed the sweep with a 25-22 win in the third contest. Greenbaum was again a highlight with a team-high 27 assists and tying Born with 11 digs. Senior Rachel Schillinger recorded a .556 kill percentage for the match.
"We were hurt by inconsistent play the entire day," Greyhounds first-year coach Scott Pennewill stated after the matches concluded. "The good thing is we got better from the beginning of the day to the end and our serve-and-receive was more consistent. A lot of that had to do with Sam's growth. She played a great match in the second match."
The Greyhounds turn around quickly and move to a new venue for play on Saturday, taking on St. Francis (Pa.) at Duquesne at 3 o'clock before meeting the host Dukes at 7:00 p.m.
"We're looking forward to getting back on the court tomorrow," Pennewill concluded. "This team being as small as it is will have to be a giant fighter and we'll be ready to go tomorrow."