Balanced Attack, Sideout Ability Lifts Greyhounds Past Marist

Oct. 21, 2007

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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Loyola College overcame a loss in the first game to win the final three, as three players had 10 or more kills, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory over Marist College, 21-30, 30-28, 30-23, 30-20, Sunday afternoon in the McCann Athletic Center.

Nina Camaioni hit .256, her third-best percentage of the season, and led all players with 17 kills. Christina Greenup had 12 kills, while middle blockers Karlee Woodward and Rachel Schillinger each posted 10.

Loyola managed to convert 59-percent of its sideout opportunities in the final three games, while Marist converted less than 49-percent.

The Greyhounds (17-10 overall, 8-4 MAAC) led 12-7 in the first game before Marist went on a 14-1 run behind the serving of Alexandra Schultze and Lindsey Schmid. During that stretch, the Greyhounds had five attack errors and the Red Foxes had three service aces.

Loyola picked up its offensive attack, however, in the second game. Schillinger had five kills, while Camaioni and Anastasia Collins each recorded four. The Greyhounds held the lead most of the game before Marist tied the score at 26-26.

The Red Foxes took the lead a point later on a kill by Joanna Foss. Schillinger put away a kill to tie the score at 27-27, and Greenup had an ace on the ensuing serve. After a bad Marist set, Foss gained a sideout for Marist and pulled the Red Foxes within one, 29-28. Camaioni, however, finished the game with a kill down the line to tie the match at a game a piece.

Marist went ahead early in the third game, extending its lead to 14-9 on a Camaioni hitting error. Camaioni had a kill for sideout, pulling the Greyhounds within two, 19-17. Greenup then served five-straight points, including one on an ace, to give Loyola a 21-19 lead.

From that point, the Red Foxes were only able to sideout four times and could not score a point off their serve. Chrissey Cruz dumped a set attempt for a kill to close the game with Loyola ahead, 30-23.

Loyola had an easier time in the fourth, and deciding, game. Schultze's serving error gave Loyola a 19-13 lead, and the Greyhounds would draw no closer than six for the rest of the game. Samantha Greenbaum served the final two points and had an assist on the last, as Loyola finished the match.

Camaioni had eight of her kills, and Greenup recorded five, in the final game.

The Greyhounds also had a consistent blocking effort in the final three games, finishing the match with eight total blocks. Woodward led the team with six block assists.

Brittany Born led the defensive effort with 26 digs, and Camaioni had 22.

The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena next weekend and host Canisius College and Niagara University on Saturday and Sunday, October 27-28. Both matches begin at 2 p.m.