Iona Slips Past Volleyball In MAAC Opener

Sept. 20, 2008


NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - The Loyola volleyball team finished its match on Saturday with more kills, assists, and digs that host Iona, but the Gaels had the stat that mattered, a 3-0 victory, in the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match of the 2008 season for both teams.

"We have to reduce our unforced errors," Loyola Head Coach Scott Pennewill said. "We had 10 service errors and eight receiving errors. That is just too many; we can't be giving points away. We also had 32 hitting errors, which is just way too many."

The Greyhounds' 32 hitting errors came in a match when they had 27 kills, and they hit -.046 as a team in a 25-14, 25-15, 25-21 loss to the Gaels.

Nina Camaioni led Loyola with eight kills, but she also had eight errors in 34 swings. Rachel Schillinger had six kills and six errors, while Stasia Collins was the only player to hit in positive numbers with seven kills and five errors.

The Greyhounds' defense was relatively solid against the Iona attack, holding the Gaels to just 25 kills on 93 swings.

Brittany Born and Camaioni each had team-highs of 14 digs.

Kendall Paulus led the Gaels with eight kills, while Sarah Weiner had six.

The Greyhounds return to action tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Manhattan.