Oct. 14, 2007
BALTIMORE - Loyola College put down four blocks in the deciding fourth game to turn the momentum in its favor and defeat visiting Saint Peter's College, 30-28, 26-30, 30-27, 28-30, 15-12, on Sunday afternoon in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match at Reitz Arena.
Two of the Greyhounds blocks in the fifth were on sideout points that tied the match, and the final two increased Loyola's lead.
Karlee Woodward set a career-high with 12 total blocks, four solo, while Madde Fuller had five block assists, Nina Camaioni added four, and Rachel Schillinger posted three. The Greyhounds (16-9 overall, 7-3 MAAC) finished with 16 total blocks to account for almost half of the Peahens' 36 attack errors.
Saint Peter's (10-18, 3-8) took a 5-4 lead in the fifth game on a Kate McFadden kill. McFadden, however, was blocked on the ensuing point by Woodward and Chrissey Cruz to tie the game at 5-5.
McFadden's service ace gave the Peahens an 8-6 advantage, but Schillinger recorded a kill, and she teamed with Fuller to put away a block to tie the match at 8-8.
With Christina Greenup serving, Fuller laced a kill down the line, and Kim Mendoza's attack attempt for Saint Peter's went wide to put Loyola ahead by two, 10-8.
Camaioni recorded an attack error and a kill on the next two plays, then combined with Woodward to lock up a block on Kelly Blanchfield, increasing the Greyhounds lead to 12-9.
Mendoza had two kills, bookending a service ace by Katherine Sura, however, to tie the score at 12-12. Woodward had the last of her 14 kills to sideout for the Greyhounds and give Maddie Fuller the serve.
Woodward and Camaioni then blocked Mendoza again, and Mendoza's final attack went sailed out to finish the match.
The fifth game was almost not necessary, if not for two Saint Peter's rallies in the fourth game. Loyola took a 22-17 lead on a kill by Christina Greenup, but the Peahens scored the next four points to pull within one, 22-21.
After Greenup and Schillinger had kills for the Greyhounds, Renata Bauer had a kill for sideout at 24-22. Greenup, however, brought the serve right back to Loyola with a kill of her own, forcing a Saint Peter's timeout.
Greenup's attack attempt on the next point went out, putting McFadden on the serving line for the Peahens. She served three points to give Saint Peter's a 26-25 lead. Schillinger broke up the run with a kill to tie the game at 26-26.
After Mendoza and Camaioni traded kills, Mendoza put away another kill , and Woodward was blocked by Blanchfield and Mendoza to put Saint Peter's up, 29-27.
Caroline Garvey was called for a blocking error on a Camaioni kill, pulling Loyola back within one, 29-27, but the Peahens forced the deciding fifth game when Brittany Born's free ball went out.
Mendoza led all players with 26 kills, but she also had 12 hitting errors.
Camaioni matched her career-high with 19 kills, the same number put up by Greenup. Schillinger and Woodward each totaled 14 kills, and Fuller added seven.
The Greyhounds return to the road next weekend when the travel to face Siena College and Marist College on Saturday and Sunday, October 20 and 21, respectively. Both matches start at 2 p.m.