Greyhounds Challenge Butler, Fall In Four

Sept. 6, 2008


KENNESAW, Ga. - After winning the second set against Butler in its second game of the Owls Challenge, Loyola came within three points of winning set three and taking command of the match, but the Bulldogs held off the Greyhounds for a 25-13, 20-25, 25-23, 25-9 victory.

Butler climbed to a 10-5 lead in the second set before Loyola scored six of the next seven points to pull within 11-10 on an attack error by Butler's Jessica Wolfe.

The teams traded leads and were tied four times, including for the final time at 18-18. Following that tie, Stasia Collins and Rachel Schillinger combined to block Wolfe, giving Loyola a 19-18 lead.

Samantha Greenbaum put the Greyhounds (1-4) ahead by two with an ace, and after Butler closed within one, 21-20 on a Wolfe kill, Collins put down a kill to put Loyola back up by two.

A Porshia Allen attack error added another point to Loyola's tally, and Kimi Gabriel recorded a service ace to give the Greyhounds set-point, 24-20. Collins then teamed with Karlee Woodward for a block of Jessica Lee to close out the set, 25-20, and tie the match at a set a piece.

Butler led by as many as eight points, 9-1, in the third set, but Loyola slowly closed the gap, pulling within one, 19-18, on a Schillinger kill.

The Bulldogs went up two, 21-19, on a Maureen Bamiro kill, but Collins recorded a kill, and Brittany Born notched an ace to tie the set at 21-21.

Two Loyola attack errors put Butler back up two, 23-21, but the Greyhounds came within a point, 24-23, on a Nicole Scimeme kill. The Bulldogs, however, closed the set when a Loyola serve went long.

The Bulldogs then opened up a big lead in the fourth, and deciding, set when Loyola was held to just four kills.

Collins finished with a team-high 15 digs to go with seven kills, three total blocks and eight assists. Scimeme led the team with nine kills, and Born added 13 digs.

Woodward finished with five total blocks, two solo, and Schillinger had two block assists.

The Greyhounds wrap up competition in the Owls Challenge this evening at 5 p.m. when they take on Austin Peay.