Aug. 30, 2008
Pittsburgh, Pa. - First-year head coach Scott Pennewill collected his first win at the helm of the Greyhounds and junior Karlee Woodward was named to the all-tournament team as Loyola concluded play Saturday at the Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational with a split, beating St. Francis (Pa.), 3-1, before falling to host Duquesne, 3-0.
"It was a good outing and we saw some improvement from yesterday," Pennewell summarized of the day's play. "Against St. Francis, we executed our game plan very well and both teams played solid side-out volleyball for the match."
One day after dropping a pair of matches at Robert Morris, junior Nicole Scimeme recorded 10 kills and 14 digs for her first double-double in two years as Loyola outlasted the Red Flash to win two of the first three matches (30-28, 25-23, 23-25) before capping the win with a 25-11 triumph in the final game. Sophomore Brittany Born led the team with 16 digs and Woodward posted a .500 hitting percentage for the match to back up the play of Scimeme.
The Dukes used solid play in the final match to win in three straight, 25-9, 25-18 and 25-14. The Greyhounds (1-3) climbed within three points in the second game at 19-16 behind a pair of service aces by junior Stasia Collins before falling. Born recorded nine digs and Woodward hit .333 for the match, sealing her position on the all-tournament team.
Despite just winning one of the four matches, Pennewill did bring away positives from the weekend's play and looks forward to the team's trip to Kennesaw State in a week.
"It was good to get out and play and this experience gives us something to work on," Pennewill concluded. "We are growing as a program and as a team and we are becoming a much more balanced team."
Loyola opens play in next weekend's Owls Challenge Friday night against host Kennesaw State at 7:30 p.m. before taking on Butler and Austin Peay to conclude play on Saturday.