Blocking, Defense Propels Loyola to First Win Over Navy since 1998

Oct. 2, 2007

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BALTIMORE - Loyola College set a season-high in total blocks for the second-straight match and defeated the U.S. Naval Academy in three games, 30-28, 30-19, 30-28, Tuesday night at Reitz Arena.

The win was Loyola's first over the Midshipmen (11-7) since the 1998 season when the Greyhounds (13-8) defeated them 15-3, 15-7, 15-10 on October 7.

Loyola put away 18 total blocks in the match, improving its season-high for the second match in a row. The Greyhounds put away 15 blocks in a four-game win on Sunday at Iona.

Karlee Woodward led the way with a season-best 11 blocks, three solo. Rachel Schillinger and Anastasia Collins each had six block assists, while Nina Camaioni had four. Christina Greenup was in on two block assists and had a solo, as well.

Woodward's 11 blocks also tied her career-high, which she set twice last season, both against Iona.

The Greyhounds were also sharp defensively, holding the Midshipmen to a .116 hitting percentage. Brittany Born posted 30 digs, the second time this season she has reached the 30-dig plateau.

Navy maintained a slim lead early in the first game until Schillinger and Camaioni recorded kills on back-to-back points, tying the score at 10-10.

Although Navy was able to sideout two points later, the Greyhounds came right back to take a 12-11 lead on a kill by Collins. Born served two more points, both coming on Woodward kills, to put Loyola ahead 14-11.

Navy would again, rally, however, taking a 22-20 lead on a block by Abbie Merkl and Krista Eschelman. Woodward put down a kill to tie the game at 25-25, and she then combined with Greenup for a block to give the Greyhounds a 26-25 lead. Collins and Woodward each had kills to give Loyola a three-point cushion, 28-25.

Although Navy tied the score at 28-28, Cruz and Woodward locked up a block on the right side, and the Greyhounds forced a Navy hitting error to close the game.

The Greyhounds controlled the second game more effectively. Navy pulled within three, 22-19, before Greenup closed the match by serving the last eight points. Schillinger put up two block assists, and the Midshipmen had five attack errors during that stretch.

Navy jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third game before Loyola rallied to take a 7-5 lead on a Woodward solo block.

Loyola went ahead by four, 12-8, on a Camaioni-Woodward block, but Navy tied the game at 15-15 on a block of its own.

The Midshipmen went ahead by two, 23-21, on an Alexa Gibbs kill, but Camaioni recorded a kill for sideout, then registered an ace. Loyola pushed ahead by three, 28-25, on a Greenup-Schillinger block, but Navy forced three-straight Greyhounds attack errors to tie the game at 28-28.

Greenup put down a cross-court kill, and Collins used a tool off the Navy block to close out the match in Loyola's favor.

Camaioni led all players with 13 kills. Schillinger had nine, Woodward, 8, and Collins posted seven for the Greyhounds. Chrissey Cruz dished out 41 assists and had four kills of her own.

The match was the last non-conference tilt of the season for Loyola, which resumes Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Saturday, October 5, at 2 p.m. in Reitz Arena versus Manhattan College.