Sept. 4, 2010
The Loyola University Maryland volleyball team finished second at the Battle of Baltimore Saturday, September 4, as the Greyhounds defeated Coppin State 3-1 (11-25, 25-17, 25-14 and 25-18) and lost to Towson 3-0 (27-25, 25-17 and 25-23).
"We are pleased to be finishing second in the Battle of Baltimore," said head coach Scott Pennewill. "Overall we saw some very positive things in just about every one of the players that saw playing time. We are very pleased with Nina being all-tournament."
"A little disappointed in not putting up a bigger effort in what really qualifies as the final of the tournament," said Pennewill about the effort by the team in the final match. "Especially since in the third set there was a very big opportunity to take that match and unforced errors in critical times sort of jumped up and bit us a little bit. But we will use it as a learning experience and get ready for our next match and hopefully we will be a little smarter and a little more seasoned and keep playing better ball."
The Greyhounds will play Wednesday, September 8, at home against George Mason at 7:00 p.m.
"That is exciting," said Pennewill about playing home opener. "It is always good to be in your home gym. George Mason will be another talented team that we get to play. In the same conference as Towson plays in. We need to play at that level. We need to get use to when a team pushes we got to push back a little harder. Mason will be that kind of team."
Loyola had a -.107 hitting percentage in the first set, a .211 in the second, .300 in the third and .478 in the last set.
Against Towson, Dircks had 11 kills for a hitting percentage of .267 and had seven digs. Camaioni was named all-tournament team. She had 10 kills, three assists and eight digs.
Kirven had six digs and 29 assists for the Greyhounds. Loyola had a total of 35 kills for the match hitting a .229 in the first set, a .242 in the second set and a .171 in the final set.
In the first set the Greyhounds and Tigers were close throughout the set. Towson took a two point lead, 21-23, before Loyola answered back. The set was tied, 25-25, by a kill by Dircks before Towson took the next two points to win the set, 27-25.
In the second set the Tigers took the lead after a score, 4-4, and never looked back. Towson took a, 22-14, lead and the Greyhounds only received four more points after that before Towson finished the set, 25-18.
In the third set Loyola had the lead, 14-9, before the Tigers started to answer back and tie up the set, 18-18. The score went back-and-fourth and the score was tied again, 22-22, and Loyola would only score one more time before Towson finished the set 25-23.
The Greyhounds will compete at home against George Mason Wednesday, September 8, at 7 p.m. and will play at the JMU Days Inn Invitational Friday and Saturday, September 10-11, in Harrisonburg, Va.