Oct. 18, 2009
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Loyola had a strong showing Sunday afternoon at the Hynes Center in New Rochelle, N.Y., sweeping Iona 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-23) in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play to snap a four-game losing streak.
The Greyhounds (10-15, 5-5 MAAC) played strong as a team and got production on offense and defense out of the entire starting six. Every starter contributed at least three kills and one block each.
Nina Camaioni had a monster day offensively, tallying 16 kills on a season-high .457 hitting. Camaioni went errorless in 25 swings, and extended her streak of double-doubles to eight straight and 13 this season with 14 digs.
Karlee Woodward turned in nine kills on .318 hitting and tied with Annie Manes and Iona's Colleen Genett for a match-high three blocks. Aubrey Kirven led all setters with 31 assists, three kills, an ace, seven digs and a pair of blocks.
The Gaels (6-14, 3-7 MAAC) pushed the Greyhounds hard Sunday, never letting Loyola take a commanding lead. Iona played tough defense out-digging Loyola with Allison Nieters' 19 digs leading the way. But the Gaels failed to get anything started on offense, as Loyola held them to a .114 hitting clip, never letting them hit higher than .188 in any set.
Genett was the single Iona hitter to hit double-digit kills. Genett tallied 13 on .435 hitting while no other hitter had more than seven kills.
Iona nearly overtook Loyola in the third set to push a fourth. Genett and Rachel Whitten blocked Katie Dircks to tie the game at 20-20. Another attack error by Dircks tied the game a few minutes later at 22-22. Dircks then made up for the error with a kill and Woodward and Janet Pressler blocked a Theresa Harvey attack to take a 24-22 lead.
After an Iona timeout, Molly O'Shea put the Gaels within reach of a fourth set with a kill, but Camaioni finished the match with one of her own for Loyola to score match point.
The Greyhounds return home next weekend to host Marist and Siena Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena.