Oct. 24, 2009
BALTIMORE, Md. - Loyola played a stellar defensive game but couldn't come up with the offense to match, as they fell 3-0 (25-27, 22-25, 21-25) to Marist, Saturday night at Reitz Arena.
Middle blockers Karlee Woodward and Taylor Koncelik stepped up their games Saturday night, posting some of the match's best numbers. Woodward led Loyola with 10 kills on .474 hitting and also put down three blocks (one solo). Taylor Koncelik had a career-high three solo blocks and tallied five kills on .364 hitting. Each had just one attack error.
The Greyhounds (10-16 overall, 5-6 MAAC) held the Red Foxes to just a .238 hitting clip and kept all but one hitter in single digit kill totals. Loyola gave Marist little breathing room in all three sets but couldn't find the offense needed to overpower the Red Foxes.
Loyola struggled out of the gate in sets one and two but caught up quickly both times to tie the score and keep the lead within reach.
In the second set, the Greyhounds were behind 20-14 before rallying to take five of the next eight points. With the score at 24-19, the Greyhounds continued to hold off the Foxes' win by taking four straight. A solo block by Koncelik put the score at 25-22 and it looked like Loyola was going to take Marist into extra points again. But Loyola could only hold off the attack for so long, as a kill by Alexandra Shultze ended the set.
The third set was another back-and-forth battle, but this time Loyola couldn't stage a late rally. Errors toward the end of the set proved costly, and the Red Foxes came away with the sweep.
Siena will face off against the Greyhounds next. Loyola takes on the Saints in a 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon contest at Reitz Arena.