Balanced Hitting Attack, Strong Serve-Receive Pushes Volleyball Past Manhattan

Oct. 26, 2008


BALTIMORE - Loyola hit a season-high.305 as a team and four Greyhounds hitters posted 12 or more kills, and Loyola rallied from a first-set loss to defeat Manhattan in four, 23-25, 25-20, 25-15, 25-17, in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play in Reitz Arena.

Setter Kristen Muscarella had a career-high 53 assists and did not commit a ball-handling error in the match.

"Kristen played the best she has all season today," Head Coach Scott Pennewill said. "We were on our passing game, and Christina (Greenup) and Stasia (Collins) were great today. We have to have them be successful to be at our best."

In addition to the strong hitting performance, Loyola's passing game was solid. The Greyhounds had just one reception error, and Loyola recorded six service aces to only two service errors.

Collins tied her career-high with 16 kills in the match and hit a career-best .433 with just three errors on 30 swings.

Greenup posted her third-straight match with 12 or more kills. She had a total of 15 and hit .316 with three errors on 38 attempts.

Nina Camaioni added 13 kills, hitting .355, along with a team-high 24 digs. Karlee Woodward recorded 12 kills, at a .350 clip.

After seeing a late lead slip away in the first set, the Greyhounds (6-21 overall, 2-10 MAAC) chaged ahead with three points in a row, two coming on kills by Woodward and Collins to lead 17-14.

Manhattan (6-15, 5-7) pulled to within a point, 20-19, on one of Sherryta Stokes' match-high 18 kills. Greenup, however, gained a point for Loyola on sideout, and Rachel Schillinger had a solo block on Rita Welsh. Collins put down a kill to give Loyola set-point, 24-20, before a Welsh attack error went array to close the set.

In the third set, the Jaspers were within a point, 9-8, but another Schillinger solo block of Welsh earned a sideout point for Loyola, and Camaioni served an ace for a three-point cushion. Camaioni served two more points, one on a Stokes attack error and the other on a Schillinger kill, stretching Loyola's advantage to 13-8.

Manhattan would pull within four on two occasions, but Loyola quickly closed the match with seven of the final nine points.

The Greyhounds continue MAAC action next weekend when they travel to Upstate New York for a pair of matches. Loyola takes on Marist on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Siena Sunday at 2 p.m.