Sept. 22, 2009
Karlee Woodward made a valiant effort to lift Loyola (6-10) over American (5-7) in front of a home crowd Tuesday night at Reitz Arena. Woodward had 10 kills on .750 hitting and made just a single error in 12 attacks. But the Greyhounds were overpowered by a strong American team and fell 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 25-19).
A tough and athletic squad came to play Tuesday night but the 'Hounds put up a strong fight. There were 17 tie scores in three sets and six lead changes throughout the match. The Greyhounds gave American little breathing room in the first and third sets, but hitting made all the difference, and the hard-hitting Eagles out-killed Loyola 41-27 on a .292 clip.
The Greyhounds played the best when the rallies were the most heated. After a key rally in the third set it looked like Loyola had stolen the momentum.
Down by one, Aubrey Kirven managed to tie the game up in the third set by sneaking a tip over the net after a long, fast-paced rally. With American's blocking line expecting her to set, Kirven quickly reached over and dumped a ball over the net into no man's land to tie the game at 14-14.
Kirven finished the game with 22 assists, two kills, four digs and assisted in three blocks.
Two quick errors put Loyola in the hole again, but the Greyhounds didn't go down without a fight. With the Eagles threatening to pull away, Katie Dircks played to her opponent's game served up a hard kill, smashing the ball over the blockers to put the Greyhounds within two points of the lead.
Loyola then wore down the Eagles with another heated rally. Brittany Born, Nina Camaioni and Janet Pressler made key digs in the back row to keep the rally going before Magdalena Tekiel finally hit a ball into the net, sending the Greyhounds into celebration mode.
But the celebration was short lived, as Loyola failed to hang on, losing the intense set 25-19.
The Greyhounds will head up to New Jersey to play Rider this weekend for more Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play Saturday, before returning home for two games. The Greyhounds will host Iona Sunday, in Reitz Arena's first home MAAC match of the season. the home stretch will continue Wednesday with the last non-conference action of the season against George Washington.