Sept. 28, 2008
BALTIMORE - Loyola put Canisius in a two-sets-to-none hole with a pair of 25-21 wins in the opening frames, but the Golden Griffins looked like a different team in the third and fourth, tying the match with 25-14 set wins of their own.
The Greyhounds (4-12 overall, 1-3 MAAC) did not fold, however, against Canisius (8-5, 3-1), which entered the match tied for first place in the league.
Loyola hit .455 in the fifth set, and held the Golden Griffins to only three kills, and the Greyhounds went on to close out the Metro Atlantic Athletic Confernece match, 25-21, 25-21, 14-25, 14-25, 15-7, on Sunday afternoon in Reitz Arena.
"We talked today about going out and doing the things that we know work," Head Coach Scott Pennewill said. "We have said all year long that we have to eliminate unforced errors, and we did not do a good job of that in the third and fourth (sets). In the fifth, however, we went to what was working for us, and we played very well."
After recording just six kills, along with five errors, in 25 swings through the first four sets, Christina Greenup led the Greyhounds' charge in the fifth. She had five kills on seven attempts and combined with Karlee Woodward for a block in the deciding set.
While Greenup led the attacking charge, it was an all-around defensive effort for Loyola in the fifth. Canisius had only three kills on its 18 attempts in the fifth, as Loyola had 13 digs, led by Nina Camaioni's five and Kristen Muscarella's four.
The Golden Griffins started strong in the fifth, taking a 3-1 lead on a Brittany Gerde kill.
The Greyhounds, however, used good out-of-system passing to tie the match. Greenup put away a kill for sideout off a Camaioni assist, and Woodward tied the set at 3-3 with a kill of her own from a Stasia Collins set.
Woodward and Greenup blocked Layne Adams, and Greenup had another kill to put the Greyhounds ahead 5-3.
Renee Lettow sided-out for Canisius with a kill, but Collins won it back for Loyola on the next point. Woodward and Camaioni teamed for a block of Michelle Godfrey on the right side, giving the Greyhounds a 7-4 advantage.
The Greyhounds had a serve go long, but Collins put Loyola back up by three, 8-5, with a sideout kill. Woodward had a tip for a point, and Collins recorded a service ace, giving Loyola a 10-5 lead and forcing a Canisius timeout.
The teams traded sideouts with a Camaioni giving Loyola a 12-7 lead when she split the Golden Griffins' block for a kill.
Canisius called another timeout, but Greenup put down a kill, and Rachel Schillinger knocked down a Golden Griffins' overpass for a point. Greenup then hit a strong ball down for the final point.
Collins led Loyola with a season-high 15 kills. Her total was one off her career-high of 16 from last year. She also had eight digs and five block assists for the Greyhounds.
Camaioni hadded 14 kills and a match-high 27 digs, while Greenup had 11 kills. Woodward put away six total blocks, while Schillinger had seven kills and five total blocks.
Morgan Ammons led all players with 19 kills for Canisius, and Godfrey had eight total blocks.
The Greyhounds continue conference play next weekend when they host Siena at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 3.