Oct. 5, 2009
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Loyola out-killed, out-dug and out-blocked Manhattan Sunday, but despite coming out on top in the statistical category, the Greyhounds were on the other end of the scores, as Manhattan(6-11, 2-4 MAAC) topped Loyola 3-2 (22-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-26, 13-15) at Draddy Gymnasium in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.
The Greyhounds (9-12, 4-2 MAAC) posted high numbers across the board with Nina Camaioni, Katie Dircks and Aubrey Kirven extending career-highs and Brittany Born breaking Megan Maguire's all-time dig record.
Born dug 18 balls to put her career total at 1,383, two more than Maguire's mark of 1,381 set in 2003. As a freshman, Born set the single-season record with 626 and now tops Loyola's dig records in both categories.
Camaioni extended her career-high kill number to 29 and had 11 digs en route to her fifth straight double-double. Camaioni also put up three blocks.
Dircks had a career-high day all around, putting down 17 kills and 19 digs and four blocks.
Kirven's 53 assists extended her previous high mark and she also had 12 digs and a pair of blocks.
Loyola fell to the Jaspers in games one and two before rallying to take a lead in set three. The Jaspers began to catch up in the middle of the set and managed to tie it up at one point, but the Greyhounds went on to take the next five of seven points to give gain some breathing room.
In set four, Loyola was able to capitalize on Manhattan's mistakes. The Greyhounds held Loyola to just eight kills on 34 swings for a total hitting clip of .000, while Loyola went on to record 12 kills. The combination of Camaioni, Dircks and Karlee Woodward (14 kills on .407 hitting, eight blocks) overpowered the Jaspers in sets three and four.
Set five was kept close throughout. Loyola managed to keep the Jaspers at bay for most of the match but a late hot streak ended the Greyhounds' chances.
The Greyhounds are back at home next weekend to host a pair of MAAC matches against Canisius and Niagara.