Oct. 5, 2008
BALTIMORE - Loyola College junior outside hitter Nicole Scimeme had a career-high 13 kills and hit a lifetime-best .379, but the Greyhounds lost in four sets to visiting Marist, 19-25, 25-11, 25-15, 25-21, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match.
The Greyhounds (4-14 overall, 1-5 MAAC) rolled through the first set with solid defense and a balanced offensive attack.
Loyola held the Red Foxes (7-12, 2-4 MAAC) to a .100 hitting percentage in the first set. The Greyhounds had three total blocks - two with Stasia Collins and Karlee Woodward combining, and one solo by Rachel Schillinger - and a total of 19 digs, led by Brittany Born's eight.
Nina Camaioni had four of her seven kills in the first set, and Scimeme posted three of her kills, helping the Greyhounds take a 1-0 lead.
Marist turned things around in the second match, siding out on 11 of their 12 opportunities, while Loyola hit -.034.
After a similar third set that was won by the Red Foxes, Loyola controlled the pace of the fourth set from the outset.
Scimeme had six kills in the first 10 points of the set, giving the Greyhounds a 7-3 advantage. A service ace by Kristen Muscarella put Loyola on top, 9-3, and they led again by six, 13-7, on a Rachel Schillinger kill.
The Red Foxes, however, climbed back into the match, as Joann Foss put down a kill for sideout on the next point, and she then served four straight points, two on kills by Allie Burke.
A Schillinger kill stopped the Marist rally and made the score 14-12 in Loyola's favor, but Burke and Alexandra Schultze put up a block to return the serve to Marist.
The Red Foxes tied the set at 14-14, but a Cassie Campbell service error gave the ball back to Loyola, and Muscarella had another ace.
Lindsay Schmid put down a kill from the middle for Marist, tying the set at 17-17, but Loyola scored twice in a row, once on an Emily Brosky service error and again when Foss's attack went out.
Marist responded with two more points, tying the match at 19-19, but Schmid had a service error, and a Foss attack error gave Loyola a 21-19 lead.
The Greyhounds, however, could not score or sideout for the rest of the match, and Marist scored the final six points to win.
Foss and Schultze tied for match-high honors with 16 kills, while Schmid had 10. Campbell led the Red Foxes with 17 digs.
Scimeme topped her previous best of 12 kills, which she has recorded twice, last on August 30 against Saint Francis (Pa.). Her .379 hitting percentage improved the mark of .364 she recorded earlier this season against Morgan State.
Born finished with a match-high 21 digs, while Camaioni had 15. Loyola totaled eight total blocks. Stasia Collins had six block assists, and Woodward five.
The Greyhounds step out of conference play on Tuesday, October 7, at 7 p.m., to take on Howard in Reitz Arena.