Oct. 7, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola couldn't have played Howard any closer in its non-conference matchup, but unfortunately some breaks didn't go their way, as the Greyhounds fell in three sets to the Bison, 24-26, 25-26, 23-25, at Reitz Arena Tuesday evening.
"Going into the game, it seemed like (Howard) had more favorable one-on-one matchups against us, but we were able to stay right with them," said Loyola head coach Scott Pennewill. "Our kids are still battling, and pretty soon we'll be able to deliver that knockout punch. We're just not there yet."
In the first half of the initial set, the two teams engaged in see-saw action, exchanging ties at 10-10, 11-11 and 12-12. The Bison, however, reeled off five of the next six points to take a 17-13 lead, highlighted by a back-to-back block and kill by Howard's Gazelle d'Artois. The Greyhounds stood resilient though, going on a 6-2 run to notch the game at 19 apiece.
A kill from the left side of the net by junior Nicole Scimeme put Loyola up by one, 20-19, but a miscue tied the two teams at 20 apiece. The two teams shared leads at 22, 23, and 24 apiece before Howard took a one-point advantage on an attacking error by Loyola's Nina Camaioni. The Bison claimed the game, 26-24, on a bad set Loyola set that went astray.
In the first set, Muscarella led the way with 14 assists out of 44 attempts (.318), while Scimeme and Stasia Collins each had four kills each.
Loyola fell behind by six points, 14-8, in the second set before going on an 8-2 rally to tie the contest at 16-16. The teams exchanged leads six more times, but Howard closed out the contest, 26-24, with two kills by Taylor Johnson.
Camaioni had six kills and two blocks in the second set, and Karlee Woodward led with four blocks.
The third set again showed the parity between the two teams, as they exchanged ties from the 10th through the 16th points. After exchanging leads late in the match, Howard reeled off six of the next seven points to claim a 24-19 lead.
On the cusp of elimination, Loyola won the next four points, drawing within one, 24-23, but Gabrielle Martin's tip into the middle of the court ended the match, 25-23, in Howard's favor.
Camaioni led the Greyhounds with 15 kills, while D'Artois had a match-high 19 for the Bison (7-13).
"We are going to work extra hard on our serve-receive game and our ball-striking before the next match," said Pennewill, whose team hit .169. "To win we've got to start hitting above .200."
The Greyhounds return to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Saturday, October 11, at 2 p.m., when they travel to Jersey City, N.J., to face Saint Peter's.