Oct. 17, 2009
Fairfield, Conn. - After winning the first set, Loyola dropped the next three as Fairfield defeated the Greyhounds, 23-25, 25-21, 25-21, 26-24 Saturday afternoon at the Stags' Alumni Hall. The victory keeps Fairfield in first place at 10-10 overall and 8-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Loyola falls to 9-15 overall and 4-5 in the MAAC.
Fairfield out-hit Loyola .300 to .254, but recorded just one more kill, 50-49. The Stags also recorded eight blocks to the Greyhounds' three.
Nina Camaioni led the Greyhounds with her eighth straight double-double, recording a team-high 14 kills on a .237 hitting percentage and 18 digs. Janet Pressler and Kathryn Dircks also tallied double-digit kills on the day with 11 and ten, respectively. Setter Aubrey Kirven put up 37 assists for the match and also hit a perfect 100 percent on four kills.
Katie Mann paced the Stags offensively, hitting .630 with a match-high 18 kills. Mann also recorded a pair of aces and combined with Lauren Balmert for 11 block assists. Balmert also tallied a match-high 39 assists. Brianna Dixion also recorded 16 kills on a .289 hitting percentage for the Stags.
Loyola trailed in the first set early, falling behind 6-3, but bounced back to take eight of the next nine points thanks to kills by Camaioni and Pressler and six errors by the Stags. Loyola took its largest lead of set at 11-7 and held on for the victory after eight ties and three lead changes. The Greyhounds outhit the Stags .321 to .241 in the first.
The Greyhounds looked good early in the second set as well, taking a commanding 10-5 advantage, but Fairfield rallied to tie the game at 20-all and would never look back.Set three was back-and-forth featuring 11 ties, with the final draw coming at 21, before the Stags capped off the set with the next four points on kills by Mann and Balmert.
The fourth and final set was very similar to the second, as it featured an identical nine ties and four lead changes. Loyola led 16-12, midway through the set until Fairfield took five of the next six points, tying the set at 17.
The rest of the set was back-and-forth once again, as the two teams were deadlocked again at 23. A kill by Lauren Hughes gave Fairfield a match-point, but Camaioni forced the set into extra points with a kill of her own.
Kills by Dixion and Ferraco on back-to-back points then gave Fairfield the victory.
The Greyhounds are back in action Sunday, October 18 when they travel to New Rochelle, N.Y. to take on conference rival Iona.