Sept. 17, 2011
BALTIMORE - Three Loyola University Maryland volleyball players had 16 or more kills, and freshman setter Lauren Andersen had a career-high 57 kills, as the Greyhounds rallied from a fifth-set deficit to defeat visiting Siena College, 25-18, 18-25, 25-23, 26-28, 15-13, in the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match for both teams.
"We had a complete team effort today," said Loyola's first-year head coach, Jake Lawrence. "Lauren Andersen was terrific running our offense, Jac Bullock stepped up big offensively, our outsides were great, and we played excellent on defense. We came out and stuck to our game plan, and we put it all together."
The win was Loyola's first in a MAAC opener since the 2007 season when it won in five on the road at Niagara.
Andersen paced the Greyhounds' offense, as it hit a season-high .256. Bullock led the way with 18 kills, doubling her previous season-high of nine and posting eight more than her career-high of 10 set in two 2010 matches. She had just three errors on 34 swings for a .441 hitting percentage.
Janet Pressler joined the 30-dig club for the first time in her career, posting an even 30 to lead Loyola which matched its season-best with 73 digs. Catanach added 14 for her fourth double-double of the season.
Loyola (4-8 overall, 1-0 MAAC) took a 17-14 lead in the fourth game on a block by Bullock and Simone Reid, but Siena (2-7, 0-1) rallied to score the next three points and tie it on a Sarah Sivertson ace.
The teams traded sideouts for the next seven points until an Andersen ace gave Loyola a 22-20 advantage. Loyola went up by two on a Bullock kill and had match-point at 24-22, but Siena fended off the challenge and scored the next three points.
Loyola took a 26-25 lead and again had match-point when Andersen dumped a ball deep into the Siena end for her only kill of the match. The Saints, however, posted two kills and a block to force a deciding fifth set.
Service errors on both sides of the court made the score 4-4 in the early going of the fifth set, but Bullock put away a kill for sideout, and she then served two aces in a row, as Loyola built a 7-4 advantage.
Siena was once again there to rally, tallying three points in a row before Reid and Mindy Maloney put up a strong block on the Saints' Taylor Akana, and Loyola led 8-7 as the teams switched sides.
Jasmine Brown and Rachel Stoklosa had back-to-back kills for Siena to push the Saints in front, but Catanach and Lukas responded with a pair of kills to give Loyola a 10-9 lead.
Siena scored three in a row from there, going up 12-10 and forcing Lawrence to call his last timeout of the set.
On the ensuing play, Siena appeared to earn a point, but Casey O'Hanlon made a diving pick-up for Loyola, sending the ball back to the Saints' side of the court and extending the point. Seconds later, Lukas and Maloney locked up a block on Siena's Amanda Sawlsville to win an emotional point for the Greyhounds, pulling them within one, 12-11.
Stoklosa had an attack error on the Saints' next swing, and Lukas recorded back-to-back kills to give Loyola its third match-point of the afternoon, 14-12.
After a Siena timeout, a ball-handling error was called on Loyola, but Sawlsville served the Saints' next attempt long, ending the match in Loyola's favor.
Loyola posted 10 total blocks against Siena with Maloney leading the way with five. Reid and Bullock each had four, and Catanach and Lukas were in on two each.
The Greyhounds continue MAAC action on Sunday afternoon in Reitz Arena with a 2 o'clock match against Marist College.