Sept. 20, 2009
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. - Sunday was a career-high day for Loyola women's volleyball. Karlee Woodward hit her 1,000 th career kill, while Nina Camaioni and Aubrey Kirven both extended their career-high numbers in kills and assists and Katie Dircks was one kill short of tying her career-best in Loyola's 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 13-25, 15-13) victory over Marist at the McCann Field House in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Camaioni posted 25 kills, extending her previous high by two, on .372 hitting. She also added four digs and solo block. Kirven had 46 assists, four kills, nine digs and assisted in a block. Katie Dircks' 14 kills was just one short of her career-high. Karlee Woodward led all blockers with two solo blocks and three assisted.
The Greyhounds (6-9 overall, 1-1 MAAC) played an efficient fifth set, putting up eight kills on .500 hitting, making just one error. Loyola didn't gain a large lead, but managed to keep the small one they had throughout game five. Solid defense allowed the Greyhounds to keep the lead and capitalize on Marist errors.
Marist (7-6 overall, 1-1 MAAC) was down by just one late in the short fifth set and had it all tied up at 12-12. But the Greyhounds stayed patient, scoring their final three points on Marist errors.
Hitting consistency was key in this match. Marist out-killed and out-dug the Greyhounds but Loyola hit consistently when it counted the most. Loyola hit .407 compared to Marist's .269 clip in the first set, and .500 in the fifth when the Red Foxes hit just .214.
Next up for the Greyhounds is a mid-week match against American. Loyola will play its second home match of the season Tuesday, at 7 p.m.