Volleyball Sweeps Morgan State In Home Opener

Sept. 9, 2008


BALTIMORE - Loyola held Morgan State to a negative hitting percentage and swept the Bears, 25-22, 25-11, 25-15, in the Greyhounds' first home match of the 2008 season. The match was also the first in a refurbished Reitz Arena by any Loyola athletics team

Thanks in part to 11 total blocks by the Greyhounds (2-6), Morgan State managed just 14 kills against 21 errors in 85 total attempts for a -.082 hitting percentage.

"It was great to see our team go into our new gym and play with a lot of confidence," Head Coach Scott Pennewill said. We had good ball control, and I was pleased our play at the net, too. It was good to be at home for a match after a lot of time on the road to start the year."

Karlee Woodward had seven total blocks, three solo, to lead Loyola, while Stasia Collins continued five block assists.

Collins also had six kills, 14 assists and seven digs while hitting .357 in the match.

Loyola jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first set, as the Greyhounds recorded blocks on three of the Bears first attack attempts. Morgan State, however, slowly cut the lead and tied the set at 14-14.

Loyola reeled off three points in a row after a timeout, two coming on blocks involving Woodward, and maintained at least a two-point advantage the rest of the set before Nina Camaioni scored the final point to close it at 25-22.

Brittany Born served five points in a row early in the second set, giving Loyola an 8-2 lead on a Camaioni cross-court kill.

Morgan State broke Born's serve with a sideout point on an Erin Cox kill, but Nicole Scimeme put away one of her six kills on the ensuing point.

Camaioni then strung together three service aces in a row - she finished the match with four of Loyola's eight - to put the Greyhounds on top, 12-3. Morgan State would not be close than eight for the rest of the second set, which Scimeme sealed with a kill at 25-11.

The Bears (0-9) scored the first two points of the third set before Loyola earned a point on a sideout kill by Collins. Born then served six points in a row, two coming on aces and two others on Collins kills.

Morgan State, again, never threatened in the deciding set, as Christina Greenup put away a kill down the line for the final point of the match.

Samantha Greenbaum led Loyola with 15 assists, and she turned in her second double-double performance of the season with 10 digs. Born led all players with 12 digs in the match.

Camaioni topped all players with seven kills, hitting .438 in the match, while scimeme had six, and Jordan Sickman added four.

The Greyhounds hit the road for their third tournament in as many weekends. They open play against Sacred Heart at the Highlanders Challenge at NJIT on Friday, September 12, at 5 p.m.