Sept. 5, 2009
Towson, Md. - The Greyhounds caught fire Saturday afternoon in Towson. Following a sweep of Navy, Loyola came from behind twice and upset Maryland 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22) at the Towson Center.
Loyola managed to get the ball past the heavy blocking pressure of the Terps' tall team. Three players ended with double-digit kill totals as the Greyhounds (3-5) out-killed Maryland (4-3), 50-46. Katie Dircks and Karlee Woodward each had 14 kills each, while Nina Camaioni led the way with 17. Aubrey Kirven picked up a double-double with 41 assists and 11 digs.
Maryland's Katie Usher was the only Terp with double-digits in the kills column. Loyola was able to limit its errors and capitalize on those by Maryland.
Down 10-5 in the first game, Loyola rallied back to take the frame. Woodward and Camaioni began to heat up right as the Terps began to falter. The two pounded Maryland while the defense held off the Terps. Dircks and Camaioni finished them off in the end, as Loyola came from behind to win game one, 25-20.
From that point on, the match became tense. Each team nearly matched each other point-for-point until the other couldn't finish.
Loyola couldn't quite hold in the second set, but it was Maryland that failed to finish in the third and fourth.
Maryland put up some tough blocks in the second set and the Greyhounds just barely came up short, losing 25-23.
In the third set, the Greyhounds were neck and neck with Terps nearly all the way. The game was tied at 20-20 when the Greyhounds put up some clutch blocks. Loyola held off Maryland, allowing only one more point to win 25-21.
The fourth set was another come-from-behind victory for Loyola. Maryland jumped out to a 13-5 lead but once again, after the Greyhounds tied the game, they pulled away from the Terps and held off the attack.
Loyola finished 3-1 in the Battle of Baltimore, and will either tie for first or finish second, pending the outcome of the last match between Towson and Navy.