Volleyball Wins First Set, Can't Hang On At Owls Challenge

Sept. 5, 2008


KENNESAW, Ga. - Loyola rallied from an early first set deficit to win the first frame against Kennesaw State, but the Greyhounds couldn't fend off the Owls in the rest of the match, losing in to the host team, 25-27, 25-20, 26-24, 25-23, in the teams' opening match of the Owls Challenge.

Kennesaw State (1-3) opened the first set with a 5-1 lead and later led 16-14 before the Greyhounds (1-4) reeled off five-straight points, two coming on Nicole Scimeme kills.

The Owls tied the score three times after that point, the final time coming at 25-25, but Karlee Woodward put away a Samantha Greenbaum set for a kill, and Kennesaw State's Chelsey Denesha's attack attempt went wide to give the Greyhounds a 27-25 victory.

Loyola continued its solid play in the second set, taking an 8-3 lead on a Jordan Sickman kill, but Kennesaw State forced two Loyola attack errors and scored four in a row, pulling within 8-7.

A Scimeme kill gave the Greyhounds a sideout and the serve with a 10-8 lead, but the Owls scored five-straight to go up 13-10, a lead they would not relinquish in the second set.

Kennesaw State then led for all but four points of the third set.

The Owls scored the first three points of set four, but Loyola rallied to pull within one, 8-7 on a Sickman kill, and tie the set, 11-11, on a Scimeme ace.

On the ensuing point, Loyola took its first lead of the fourth frame, as Sickman and Rachel Schillinger locked up a block of a Sabrita Gulley attack to give the Greyhounds a 12-11 lead.

Kennesaw State bounced back, taking a 17-14 advantage on a kill by Maja Kostic, but Loyola scored three in a row, tying the game at 17-17 on a Nina Camaioni kill.

Karlee Woodward and Stasia Collins teamed for a block on the next point, giving Loyola a one-point lead. A Collins kill put the Greyhounds up, 19-18, and she combined with Woodward for another block to make the score, 20-19 in Loyola's favor.

Rachel Albright had a bad set for Kennesaw State on the next point, giving Loyola a two-point lead, but the Owls scored three in a row, taking a 22-21 advantage on a Callie Churchwell kill.

After an attack error by Kennesaw State's Paris Leonce tied the game at 22-22, the Owls scored two more points to go up, 24-22. Scimeme drove home her 10th kill of the game to continue the match for Loyola, but Gulley closed the match with a kill of her own.

Camaioni led the Greyhounds with her first double-double of the season, recording 11 kills and 12 digs. Scimeme topped the team with 13 digs and notched her second double-double in three matches with 10 kills.

Collins had six kills, three aces and a career-high 16 assists, and Sickman posted a career-high six kills.

Gulley topped all players with 16 kills for Kennesaw State, and Selina O'Leary had a match-high 22 digs.

The Greyhounds continue competition in the Owls Challenge on Saturday against Butler at 10 a.m. and Austin Peay at 5 p.m.