Sept. 15, 2007
NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. - Loyola College won its Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference season-opener for the first time since the 2002 season, battling back from a two games to on deficit against Niagara University, 26-30, 30-24, 20-30, 30-26, 15-9, Saturday afternoon.
The Greyhounds (7-6 overall, 1-0 MAAC) struggled against hitting errors in the games they lost, committing 13 each in the first and third games. The put up solid attack numbers, however, in the second, fourth and fifth games.
Five Loyola players finished with 10 or more kills, led by Nina Camaioni's 13. Karlee Woodward and Rachel Schillinger each had 12, Anastasia Collins added 11, and Christina Greenup had 10. Chrissey Cruz spread out 48 assists.
Loyola took a 5-4 advantage in the deciding fifth game on a tandem block by Collins and Schillinger, one of the Greyhounds four blocks in the game. A ball-handling error by the Purple Eagles (2-8, 0-1) and a Schillinger kill gave Loyola a 7-4 lead that it would not relinquish for the rest of the match.
Ahead 10-6 after a Camaioni kill, the teams sustained a long rally that was finished by a Woodward solo block of Niagara's Maurin Lawrence.
After Niagara called timeout, Woodward and Collins again put up a solid block, stuffing Nicole Piette to the Greyhounds' 12th point.
Collins and Woodward put away kills, and Woodward had another solo block to close out the match.
Niagara battled from behind in the first game, trailing 21-14, to take the game, as Loyola closed out the frame with four-straight hitting errors.
Loyola then had 13 kills, six by Camaioni, and only nine errors to win the second game. The Greyhounds, however, had only nine kills and 13 errors in the third game, which the Purple Eagles won.
The teams played even in the fourth game until the Greyhounds had blocks on consecutive points to break a 12-12 tie and put Loyola ahead 14-12, again a lead the greyhounds would not give up.
Piette had 18 kils to lead all players, while Raelean Rush added 16.
Loyola had a solid blocking presence in the final two games, finishing with 12 total stuffs in the match. Schillinger had seven block assists, while Woodward had two solo and two assists. Collins was in on four block assists, and Greenup on three.
Five Loyola players had double figures in digs, led by a career-high 33 from Brittany Born.
The Greyhounds continue their MAAC road swing with a 2 p.m. match on Sunday, September 15, 2007, at Canisius College.