Volleyball Suffers Three-Game Sweep To UMBC

Oct. 11, 2005

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BALTIMORE, Md. - Despite nine kills from senior outside hitter Becky Corb and sophomore Christina Greenup , the Greyhound volleyball team (4-15) was unable to snap their losing streak, dropping their third straight with a three-game sweep against UMBC at Reitz Arena on Tuesday evening.

Freshman outside hitter Sarah Ball registered a match-high 13 kills along with five digs and three block assists as the Retrievers (9-11) won third third straight match.

The Retrievers, who swept the season series from their local rival, took the match with scores of 30-27, 30-21 and 30-14. UMBC defeated Loyola in four games on September 2 at the George Mason University Patriot Invitational.

Ball, who was named as the AMERICA EAST Rookie of the Week for the fifth time this season earlier in the week, recorded 13 kills with just two attack errors as the Retrievers hit .309 in the match, including an outstanding .423 in the second game as UMBC recorded just three errors in the nine-point win.

The Retrievers opened the match with a 9-2 run by taking advantage of four Loyola attack errors and a pair of kills from freshman Angela Anderson. The Greyhounds rallied to within 16-14 on a pair of service aces by Corb, but the Retrievers held off the rally and escaped with a 30-27 win to start the match. Anderson had six of UMBC's 18 kills in the opening game while Corb had five kills for Loyola.

Ahead by 19-15 in the second game, the Retrievers scored five of the next six points to take a 24-16 lead they did not relinquish. UMBC took advantage of four service aces and nine Loyola attack errors to post a 30-21 win. Ball had six of UMBC's 14 kills in the second game while senior setter Megan Gross had 13 assists.

Holding a three-point lead in the third game, UMBC went on an 8-2 run to extend its advantage to 18-9 as freshman Ashley Hargrove had a pair of kills during the game-deciding run. After a kill by Corb cut the deficit to 18-10, the Retrievers used another 5-1 rally, upping their cushion to 23-11. The Retrievers closed out the match with kills by Ball and Anderson, securing their third straight victory.

Anderson added 12 kills in the victory for the Retrievers, while Gross recorded a double-double with 30 assists and 10 digs. UMBC also recorded 10 total blocks in the win.

Corb and Greenup each had nine kills in the loss for Loyola while senior libero Jamie Arndt had a match-high 16 digs. With the nine kills, Corb is now just four kills shy of tying the Loyola career record while Arndt is seven digs away from reaching 1,000 for her career.

The Greyhounds open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon whey they travel to Rider University. Meanwhile, UMBC will look for its fourth straight win when the Retrievers face the University of New Hampshire.