Oct. 20, 2012
LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - Loyola University Maryland sophomore Kara Schiffer had a career-high 35 digs, missing the school single-match record, and the Greyhounds extended their winning streak against Rider University to 11 full seasons on Saturday afternoon, rallying from a first-set loss to defeat the Broncs, 19-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-22, in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference volleyball action.
Schiffer reached the 30-dig plateau for the second time this season and finished just one away from tying the school single-match record of 36 by Nina Camaioni set in 2007 against Marist College.
Her 35 kills are tied for second-best in school history, matching the mark set by Megan Maguire against Fairfield University in 2002 that stood as the school record for almost five years. Schiffer also had four service aces and four assists in today's match.
The Greyhounds (13-10 overall, 6-6 MAAC) have not lost to Rider (10-11, 4-8) since the 2001 season.
Jac Bullock extended her stretch of matches with 10 or more kills to 12-straight, leading all players with 19 kills, while hitting .381.
Rider trailed 10-2 in the first set after Bullock's second kill of the match, but the Broncs scored eight of the next nine points - broken up only by a Rider ball-handling error - to pull within a point, 11-10 and force a Loyola timeout.
Loyola continued to lead and went ahead 15-12 in the set on a Katie Dircks kill, but the Greyhounds managed only four more points from that juncture, and Rider took a 1-0 lead in the match.
The Greyhounds trailed only after the first point of the second set, and scored five-straight at one point to hold a 15-7 advantage after a Bullock kill. The Broncs got back within six three times, but they could not draw closer, and Loyola scored three of the last four - on a Bullock-Faye Lukas block and kills by Bullock and Katie Dircks - to close the set and even the match.
Rider controlled the first several points of the third set, leading by three, 6-3, but Loyola scored seven of eight points, as Janet Pressler and Bullock mixed in aces with kills by Mindy Maloney, Bullock and two by Dircks.
Pressler's ace made it 10-7 Greyhounds, but Rider got a sideout point on a Loyola hitting error, and kills by Megan Knott and Nicole Moorman tied the score at 10-10.
The teams were tied at 11, 12, 13 and 14, and the Broncs eventually took a one-point lead, 15-14, on a Stephanie Nagy block, but Bullock responded with a kill to even the score again.
Rider gained a final advantage in the set at 16-15 on a Jaclyn Webber kill, but Loyola reeled off three in a row to go ahead 18-16 on a kill by Lauren Andersen.
Andersen led all players with 42 assists, and she also had six kills and 16 digs.
Rider came back to tie the match at 18 and 20, but after a Loyola-called timeout at 20-20, the Greyhounds scored four in a row on two Lukas kills, a Schiffer ace and a Rider attack error to lead 24-20 before Rider managed a sideout. Bullock then ended the set with a kill, pushing the Greyhounds lead to 2-1 in the match.
The Broncs settled in to an 8-3 lead on a kill by Nagy in the fourth set, but Loyola scored four in a row and nine of 11 points to go up 12-10 on an Andersen kill.
Rider tied the set six times following that point, but it could not grasp the lead, and a Maloney kill at 20-19 put Loyola in front for good.
Maloney finished with nine kills, while Dircks and Lukas each had eight, and Tina Catanach added five.
Loyola had a season-high 99 digs as a team, led by Schiffer's 35. Lukas set a career-best with 17, while Pressler had 15.
The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena on Saturday, October 27, to face Niagara Unviersity at 2 p.m., after playing their last five matches on the road.