Sept. 27, 2008
BALTIMORE - Loyola rallied to win the second set and tie the match at 1-1, and the Greyhounds had a five-point lead late in the third set, only to see it slip away, and Niagara came away with a four-set win, 25-20, 23-25, 33-31, 25-20, Saturday afternoon in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Complex match at the MBK Athletic Complex.
Loyola (3-12 overall, 0-3 MAAC) took a 20-15 lead on a cross-court kill by Stasia Collins in the third set. Niagara, however, earned a sideout point with a Greyhounds attack error on the next point, and Rebecca Suchy served four points in a row for the Purple Eagles, two coming on kills by Hannah Hedrick, tying the match a 20-20.
Nina Camaioni finally recorded sideout for Loyola with a kill, but Hedrick brought the serve back to Niagara and tied the match at 21-21 with a kill of her own.
The teams sideouts, with Loyola maintaining no larger than a one-point lead. The Greyhounds pushed the score to 25-24 in their favor when Holly Allgeier put an attack out of bounds. Allgeier redeemed herself, however, recording kills on each of the next two points to put the Purple Eagles (3-11, 1-2) ahead, 26-25.
Loyola responded with a kill from Collins and forced an Allgeier hitting error to take the lead back, 27-26.
Allgeier had another kill, but Karlee Woodward registered one for Loyola, giving the Greyhounds another opportunity at set-point, 28-27. Hedrick, however, put down a kill to tie the match.
Nicole Scimeme put Loyola back up by one, but Michelle James dumped a ball for a kill, tying the set at 30-30.
Hedrick's ensuing serve went long, giving Loyola a 31-30 lead, but the Purple Eagles regained the serve on when Kathy Bibler put down a kill.
The Purple Eagles got their second chance at set-point when a Loyola attack went into the antenna, and Niagara secured the third-set win on a ball-handling error by Loyola.
Loyola hit .231 in the fourth, and deciding set, but the Greyhounds could not keep Niagara from siding out. The Purple Eagles were able to regain the serve 85-percent of the time (17-of-20) in the final set, as they had 20 kills and hit .312.
Hedrick led all players with 24 kills, and James notched 55 assists, for Niagara.
Camaioni posted a double-double with 17 kills and 17 digs, while Collins had 10 kills in three sets.
Schillinger posted a match-high seven total blocks, and Brittany Born had a team-high 23 digs for Loyola.
The Greyhounds return to action on Sunday, September 28, 2008, at 2 p.m. when they host Canisius in Reitz Arena.