Sept. 27, 2009
BALTIMORE - The Greyhounds pulled off a come-from-behind win with a fourth set rally to defeat Iona in four (3-1; 20-25, 25-11, 25-23, 25-23), Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena.
After falling behind 21-18, Loyola (8-10, 3-1 MAAC) went on to record seven of the final nine points to record its second consecutive four-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win of the weekend. The Greyhounds defeated Rider in similar fashion just a day prior, in Lawrenceville, N.J.
Nina Camaioni posted a double-double, her fifth of the season, with 17 kills and a team-leading 18 digs, while Karlee Woodward had 12 kills on .417 hitting and two blocks. Katie Dircks and Taylor Koncelik had three blocks each and added in nine and eight kills.
The Greyhounds held Iona (3-11, 0-3 MAAC) to 45 kills on .149 hitting, while racking up 55 themselves.
Iona came out ahead early on. Sarah Wiener put up six kills on .667 hitting in the first set, helping the Gaels' to a first set hitting mark of .357.
But the Gaels' numbers went down from there, as the Greyhounds absolutely dominated Iona in the second set. Loyola limited Iona to just five kills in set two, holding the Gaels to a -.138 hitting clip. The Greyhounds recorded 14 kills on .407 hitting, getting 81 percent of the sideouts.
However, after the first two sets nothing came quite as easy for either team.
Camaioni opened up the third set with a quick tip over the net and ace. After allowing a kill by Wiener, Koncelik jammed a ball into Theresa Harvey's face to push the score to 5-1. Setter Alyssa Erickson was called for double contact and it looked like the Greyhounds were starting to overpower the Gaels once again.
In the middle of the set, Iona began to close the gap but couldn't capitalize on sideouts. Loyola managed to stave off the Gaels' attack, stifling them every time they came within reach of a tie score. A couple mistakes at the net nearly cost Loyola its lead, but with the score at 24-23, Molly O'Shea gave the Greyhounds game point with a serve out of bounds.
Set four was close right from the start. A Loyola lead quickly vanished when Woodward tipped into a block and Camaioni was unable to return a ball smashed down the right side by O'Shea. O'Shea's kill tied the game at 7-7 and was the first of 10 tie scores in the set.
Tied at 11-11, the Gaels took three straight points to take their first lead since set one.
After taking the majority of the rally points throughout the match, the Greyhounds were suddenly finding themselves down after rallies. But Woodward made the most of the next few roations, hitting two straight kills and putting up a solo block to bring Loyola back to within one point.
Kirven tied the game for the last time when she blocked a pass by Rachel Whitten to tie the game at 21-21. Erickson was then called for double contact again, giving the lead back to Loyola.
With the score at 24-23 and Iona ready for one more tie, Camaioni hit her 17th kill of the day to finish off the Gaels and score the match point for Loyola.
The Greyhounds will be back at Reitz Arena Wednesday when they host George Washington in the last non-conference match of the season. MAAC play will then continue with trips up to Saint Peter's and Manhattan.