Oct. 2, 2010
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland held off multiple Siena College match points, and Nina Camaioni had kills on the final two points of the fifth set, as the Greyhounds defeated the Saints, 3-2 (25-16, 22-25, 22-25, 25-20, 17-15), in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon in Reitz Arena.
"We came out with a very hit level of execution," said Head Coach Scott Pennewill . "We had a little adrenaline going into it. We came out hard, did what we needed to do and did a phenomenal job of serve and pass."
Camaioni was one of three Greyhounds (7-12 overall, 1-4 MAAC) who finished with 10 or more kills. She had 19 to go along with 13 digs and two aces.
Katie Dircks added 12 kills and 15 digs, while Nicole Sarby had 11 kills and a .208 hitting percentage. Also contributing for the Greyhounds was sophomore Aubrey Kirven who recorded 45 assists and senior Brittany Born who had 16 digs.
"We are relying on Katie and Nina on the outside," said Pennewill. "Nina was getting some kills and Katie had a big one on down the line at the stretch. "
The Greyhounds trailed 11-8 in the deciding fifth set before Camaioni put down back-to-back kills, making it a one-point Siena lead. Siena scored next, but a Saints ball-handling error and an Annie Manes kill for Loyola tied the set at 12-12.
Siena (3-11, 2-3) tallied the next two points on a pair of Loyola attack errors, but another Saints ball-handling error and a Camaioni kill tied it up again at 14-14.
Manes and Sarby blocked a Taylor Akana attack attempt for a Loyola point, but Siena tied it at 15-15 on an Akana kill, one of her match-high 30.
Loyola recorded a sideout on the ensuing Siena serve, however, on a Camaioni kill, and the senior put away her 19th kill of the match to give Loyola the five-set victory. Loyola had a .267 hitting percentage to Sienas .267.
The Greyhounds also had 10 total blocks in the match, led by Jac Bullock's five. Manes was in on five blocks, while Dircks assisted on three.
Leading the way for the Saints was Taylor Akana who recorded 30 kills and 18 digs. Akana was the only Saint who recorded double digit kills. Elizabeth Ives had 41 assists for the match.
In the first set, it was all Greyhounds. Loyola had a five point lead at 10-5. The Saints never came close to tying up the score. The Greyhounds were up by nine at 19-10 and only let Siena score six more points for the set before Loyola finished the set 25-16. The Greyhounds had a .296 hitting percentage to Siena's .034.
In the second set, the score was tied at 14-14 with back and forth play which continued until the score was tied at 21. Siena went up a point with a serving error from Dircks. They then gained another point with a kill by Akana. Loyola wound lose the set 22-25 and the Greyhounds had a hitting percentage of .125 to the Saints .312.
In the third set, the Greyhounds were down by one at 11-12 but Siena would keep the lead. The Greyhounds came within one at 21-22 with a block by Annie Manes and Nicole Sarby. But Siena would finish out the set with a win 22-25 and had a .310 hitting percentage to Loyola's -.043.
Down two sets to one, Loyola came back and took a five point lead with a serving ace by Taylor Koncelik. The closest the Saints came to answering back with within one point at 19-18. But Siena would only answer with two more points and the Greyhound won 25-20 with a .139 hitting percentage to a Siena .049.
Loyola is back in action at Reitz Arena tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. when it hosts Marist.