Middle Blockers Pace Greyhounds in MAAC Victory

Oct. 13, 2007

Box Score

BALTIMORE - Loyola College's middle blockers Rachel Schillinger and Karlee Woodward combined for 27 kills and 10 total blocks, as the Greyhounds defeated visiting Rider University, 30-22, 30-25, 30-26, Saturday afternoon in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match at Reitz Arena.

Schillinger led all players with 15 kills, one off her season-high, and hit at a .407 clip with four errors in 27 attempts. She also had three solo blocks and assisted on four others.

Woodward was right behind with 12 kills and hit .458, her fourth-best percentage of the season, with only one error in 24 swings. She had three block assists and a service ace, as well.

The Greyhounds (15-9 overall, 6-3 MAAC) struggled early in the first game, but Nina Camaioni tied the match at 8-8 with a kill, starting a 9-3 run that put Loyola ahead 16-11 after a hitting error by Rider's Lacey Johnson.

After the teams traded sideouts, Kristen Muscarella served three-straight points, two on service aces, to give the Greyhounds a 20-13 advantage.

Rider (1-16, 0-9) pulled to within five, 24-19, but Schillinger had three kills, and combined with Anastasia Collins on a block to put the Greyhounds ahead 28-19.

The Broncs stayed closer in the second game, trailing by no more than three until Woodward put away a kill, then combined with Chrissey Cruz to give Loyola a 17-12 lead.

Rider cut the deficit to one, 18-17 on a Tara Nadasky kill, but after a Loyola timeout, Elyse Grassmuck was called for a two-handed set, giving Loyola the point and sending Cruz to the service line.

She served five points, the Christina Greenup served three more after the teams both had sideouts. Rider rallied from a 28-20 deficit to pull within three, 28-25, but Schillinger had a kill, and Woodward and Collins finished the second game with a block.

Loyola had its best hitting game in the third, putting up a .341 hitting percentage with 20 kills and only five errors in 44 swings. Woodward had six kills in the third game, while Greenup put down five kills without an error.

Cruz distributed 50 assists, a career-high for a three-game match and her fifth-highest total all season. Brittany Born led all players with 21 digs, while Camaioni had 16.

Katrina Stehle had eight kills to lead the Broncs, and Amy Jeary had a team-high 17 digs.

The Greyhounds continue MAAC competition tomorrow with a 2 p.m. match in Reitz Arena against Saint Peter's College.