Oct. 10, 2009
BALTIMORE, Md. - Loyola dropped a tough one Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena, falling to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe Canisius 3-2 (21-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-22, 15-12) in a tough five-set match.
Nina Camaioni banged out her sixth straight double-double with 25 kills and 10 digs, while Katie Dircks followed suit with her third straight, tallying 14 kills and 15 digs. Karlee Woodward, who was honored prior to the game for hitting her 1,000th kill against Marist last month, turned in 14 kills of her own and four total blocks, two solo.
Canisius (7-10, 4-3 MAAC) took off early in the first set with a blistering .452 hitting clip. But in the second set, it was Loyola (9-12, 4-3 MAAC) that took off, holding the Golden Griffins to just .121 hitting. The Greyhounds finished strong in the third set as well. Woodward began to heat up offensively Annie Manes, in her first start of the season, made some key defensive plays that helped the Greyhounds win a some heated rallies.
The Greyhounds kept up the pace in the third set, hitting .407 and playing hard defense, but then fell behind early on in the fourth set. Loyola kept the score close throughout but failed to break away with a lead. Canisius stepped up the blocking game and put up hard blocks against several Loyola attacks.
With the Griffins up by four late in the set, the Greyhounds managed to cut the lead to two with a Camaioni kill and a Dircks ace, but the rally was short-lived, as Canisius took the set 25-22 to force a deciding fifth set.
In the fifth set, Loyola opened up with a 3-0 lead before Camaioni hit into the antenna and Brittany Born and Janet Pressler missed two straight passes in the back row. With the door now open slightly, the Griffins went at full force to overtake the Greyhounds and hold them off.
The two teams battled back and forth without taking a large lead until midway through. After switching sides, Canisius took the game and ran with it. Loyola managed to fight off the first few Griffin attempts at match point but a wide serve by Kimi Gabriel ended the match.
Loyola continues its home stretch Sunday, with another MAAC match against Niagara. The Purple Eagles will square off against the Greyhounds Sunday at noon at Reitz Arena.