Oct. 22, 2005
BALTIMORE, Md. - Senior middle blocker Christine Lopez registered nine kills with a career-high 10 block assists, but the Greyhound volleyball team (6-16, 1-1) saw an end to its two-match win streak with a four-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference loss to Manhattan College (13-13, 3-1) at Reitz Arena on Saturday night.
The Jaspers, who won for the third time in their last four matches, took the match with scores of 33-31, 26-30, 30-19 and 30-25. With the loss, Loyola had its two-match win streak snapped and lost for the third straight time at home.
With the score tied at 9-9 in the opening game, the Greyhounds scored five of the next six points to take a 14-10 lead over the Jaspers. Lopez recorded a pair of kills during the spurt. Loyola held on to the advantage until the Jaspers tied the game at 28-28 on a service ace by senior Maggie Pfeifer. The teams traded points three times before senior Megan O'Dorisio served the final two points as the Jaspers held off the frantic comeback for a 33-31 victory. O'Dorisio tallied six of her 17 kills in the opening game as the Jaspers hit .244 in the frame with eight attack errors while Lopez recorded five kills to pace the Greyhounds.
With the score tied at 4-4 in the second game, the Greyhounds used another 6-2 run to take a 10-6 advantage from the Jaspers. After Manhattan was able to tie the score at 25-25, Loyola scored five of the final six points in the stanza to take a 30-26 win as senior outside hitter Becky Corb led the Greyhounds with eight kills in the second game. Loyola had its best hitting game in the match, converting 17 kills with seven attack errors for a .233 hitting percentage while holding Manhattan to a .102 hitting percentage.
Loyola jumped out to a commanding 11-5 lead in the third game before the Jaspers rallied with a 16-1 run, turning the six-point deficit into a 21-12 lead they did not relinquish. Manhattan needed to register just four kills during the rally as the Greyhounds committed six attack errors. Loyola was unable to rally from the deficit as Manhattan took the third game with a 30-19 victory. Pfeifer and freshman outside hitter Andrea Reiff each had three kills in the win for Manhattan, which hit .150 with 12 kills and six errors.
The Jaspers took a 4-0 lead in the fourth game by taking advantage of a pair of Loyola miscues and a pair of kills. Loyola countered with four straight points of its own to tie the score at 4-4 before Manhattan scored five of the next seven points for a 9-6 cushion. The Greyhounds rallied to take a 16-14 advantage before the Jaspers put together five straight points for a 19-16 lead. Loyola closed to within 20-18 but was unable to get closer as the Jaspers closed the match with a kill by junior Meghan Plunkett.
O'Dorisio was one of two Manhattan players to record double-digit kills and one of three players with 10 or more digs. Pfeifer had 16 kills and a .343 hitting percentage while sophomore Ashley Watson had a team-high 21 digs to go with 14 digs from senior Ashley Davis.
Corb led the Greyhounds with 13 kills and tied a career high with 22 digs in recording her sixth double-double of the season. Lopez recorded a career-high 10 block assists while adding nine kills. Sophomore Christina Greenup had a team-high 15 kills for the Greyhounds to go with a 43-assist, 10-dig effort from freshman setter Marcellee Williams . It was Williams' ninth double-double of the season.
The Greyhounds continue their three-match homestand on Sunday afternoon when they host Saint Peter's College at 2:00 p.m. Meanwhile, Manhattan begins a two-match homestand on Wednesday evening at Fairleigh Dickinson.