Oct. 19, 2005
EASTON, Pa. - Senior outside hitter Becky Corb led four Loyola players in double-digit kills with a team-high 19 kills along with a season-high 21 digs as the Greyhound volleyball team (6-15) won its second straight match, a thrilling five-game victory over Lafayette College (12-10) at Kirby Sports Center on Wednesday evening.
The Greyhounds, who only had eight available players due to injuries, won their second five-game match of the season by scores of 19-30, 30-20, 30-26, 27-30 and 16-14. It was the first meeting between Loyola and Lafayette since the 2002 season and the win allowed the Greyhounds to improve to 7-3 in the all-time series.
"This was a solid victory for us tonight," Coach Kristina Hernandez said. "With all of the things we had to face, our players stepped up to the challenge and fought hard for the win."
After losing the first game by a 30-19 margin, the Greyhounds came back to take the second game by a 30-20 score. Down by 5-4, Loyola used an 8-1 run to turn the one-point deficit into a 12-6 advantage the Greyhounds did not relinquish. Corb recorded five of her kills during the game while freshman Rachel Schillinger and junior Blair Snyder each added three kills for the Greyhoumds, who hit an outstanding .423 in the second game.
Loyola continued its strong hitting in the third game, converting 17 kills with just six attack errors in a 30-26 victory. Schillinger had five of her 13 kills in the third game while Corb contributed with six kills.
Lafayette battled back in the fourth game to even the match at two games each with a 30-27 victory as the Leopards hit .250 in the game while holding Loyola to a .089 hitting percentage. There were nine ties in the frame before the Leopards pulled away for the victory. Junior Veronica Canto-Ponce and sophomore Michaela Donohue each had six kills in the win for the Leopards, who committed just five attack errors in the stanza.
After jumping ahead by 4-2 in the fifth game, the Leopards battled back with three straight points to take a one-point advantage. Lafayette held on to the advantage until Schillinger served four straight points for Loyola, turning a two-point deficit into a 13-11 lead. The Leopards tied the game at 14-14 on an attack error by Corb, but senior Christine Lopez countered with a kill off an assist from freshman Marcellee Williams before the Leopards gave Loyola the match with an attack error.
Corb was one of four players to register double-digit kills in the win for Loyola. Schillinger tallied 13 kills with just two attack errors and three blocks while Snyder and Lopez each added 10 kills. Corb and Snyder both recorded double-double efforts in the victory, while Williams was one dig shy of registering her ninth double double of the season. She had 50 assists and nine digs.
Canto-Ponce, who was named the Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday, led the Leopards with a match-high 27 kills and 10 digs. Donohue also recorded a double double with 17 kills and 13 digs.
Loyola was without two of its starters in senior Jamie Arndt and sophomore Christina Greenup in addition to senior setter Krystal Biegaj , who will miss significant time due to injuries. "We said before the match that we can either dwell on the bad things that have happened or use this match to prepare for this upcoming weekend and make a run at our goals," Hernandez said. "The players showed a tremendous amount of courage and strength under the circumstances they were facing."
The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena on Saturday evening to start a three-match homestand against Manhattan in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contest at 7:00 p.m. Loyola will also host Saint Peter's on Sunday afternoon. Lafayette travels to Army and Holy Cross this weekend.