Volleyball Tops Manhattan as Blocking, Defense Remain Solid

Oct. 6, 2007

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BALTIMORE - Loyola College's defense posted 87 digs and 11 total blocks, as the Greyhounds defeated visiting Manhattan College, 30-28, 31-29, 30-25, on Saturday afternoon in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match at Reitz Arena.

Brittany Born reached the 30-dig plateau for the third time this season, and the second match in a row, with 30 of the Greyhounds' 87. Loyola's total was its fifth highest this season and the most it has put up in a three-game match.

Karalee Woodward again led the blocking attack for the Greyhounds (14-8 overall, 5-2 MAAC). She totaled seven blocks, six of them assists. She has tallied at least seven total blocks for three-straight matches.

Both teams played well offensively in the first game, but Loyola jumped ahead to a 20-15 advantage as Nina Camaioni put away one of her match-high 13 kills. The Jaspers (3-16, 2-5) managed a sideout on the ensuing point and went on a 6-1 run to tie the game at 21-21.

The teams were tied three times after that, but Woodward had one of her 11 kills to give the Greyhounds a 28-27 lead. Manhattan had an attack error and a kill, and then Camaioni laced a cross-court to close the game, 30-28.

Loyola opened the third game with leads of 4-0 and 10-5, but then started to struggle with its attack. The Jaspers rattled off six straight points to take a 16-12 lead. They then pushed their advantage to 20-15 before Camaioni had a kill to give the Greyhounds the serve.

With Born serving, Woodward was in one two blocks - once with Camaioni and the other with Anastasia Collins - and Manhattan had another attack error. After a Jaspers' timeout, Collins and Camaioni had back-to-back kills to tie the match at 22-22.

Manhattan went back up, 25-22, and 27-24, before Camaioni put down a kill for sideout. Collins tied the game a few points later with a kill to give Woodward the serve at 28-28. A defensive miscommunication by the Jaspers led to an ace by Woodward. After a Manhattan kill, Chrissey Cruz had a kill for Loyola, and Christina Greenup and Rachel Schillinger teamed to block Jackie Kapovich and put away the game for Loyola, 31-29.

Loyola had a somewhat easier time in the third game, going ahead 22-14 behind a strong sideout percentage. The Jaspers were not able to hold serve for more than a point at a time until the Greyhounds led 25-18.

Camaioni led all players with 13 kills, while Woodward added 11. Camainoi had 17 digs, and Cruz posted 37 assists and 12 digs to go with four kills.

Diane Strutner and Sherryta Stokes each had 10 kills to lead the Jaspers. Jennifer Haggerty led Manhattan with 23 digs.

The Greyhounds continue MAAC competition tomorrow when they host Fairfield University at 2 p.m. in Reitz Arena.