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Cruz Sets Single-Season Record as Greyhounds Overcome Slow Start to Beat Canisius

Oct. 27, 2007

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BALTIMORE - Chrissey Cruz spread out 57 set assists, bringing her 2007 season total to 1,196 as Loyola rallied from a poor hitting performance in game one to defeat Canisius, 25-30, 30-22, 30-26, 31-29, in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match on Saturday afternoon.

Cruz's season total broke the school single-season record for assists of 1,186 that she set during her freshman season last year. The 57 assists were the most Cruz's has tallied during her career in a four-game match and the fifth most in career, regardless of the number of games.

Her 48th assist of the match, on a Nina Camaioni kill to make the score 18-16 in Canisius' favor in the fourth game, broke the record.

Loyola (18-10 overall, 9-4 MAAC) began slowly and fell behind 14-3 in the first game. The Greyhounds did not register their second kill of the match until Cruz dumped a set for a point to make the score, 15-6 in Canisius' favor.

The Greyhounds did rally late in the first game, however. After Sarah Podlesh served into the net to pull Loyola within seven, 25-18, the Greyhounds scored five-straight behind two kills each from Christina Greenup and Rachel Schillinger. Mary Curran broke the Loyola rally for Canisius (8-16, 6-7), and the teams traded sideout points until the Golden Griffins finished the match, 30-25, on a block by Brittany Gerde and Michella Domo.

Each team played solid defense and did not manage many solid swings in the first game. They combined for 133 attack attempts and 77 digs in the first game.

Loyola carried its improved attack from late in the first game to the second frame. Fueled by four Canisius attack errors and two more Schillinger kills, Loyola went ahead 9-3 in the second game.

Gerde, however, served five-consecutive points to tie the game at 10-10. Loyola picked up the lead again, 14-12, on two kills by Greenup, but the Golden Griffins forced three Greyhound attack errors and took an 18-16 lead.

With the score tied, 21-21, Loyola stepped up its blocking and recorded three points via blocks and allowed the Golden Griffins only one more point in the second game.

Loyola again took the lead in the third game only to see it slip away. The Greyhounds had two blocks during a 6-0 run to take an 8-4 lead.

Canisius, however, used two blocks of its own and good serving by Mary Curran to recapture the lead, 15-12 on a Domo kill.

The Golden Griffins led until Anastasia Collins recorded two kills in as many points to give the Greyhounds a 25-23 lead that they would hold for the rest of the game.

The fourth game was the tightest of the match, as the teams traded leads six times and battled through 14 tie scores.

Canisius built a four-point lead, 21-17 on a Schillinger attack error, but Schillinger responded with a kill, and Cruz had a service ace to make it a two-point game, 21-19. The Golden Griffins stretched its advantage to three, 24-21, on a Nicole Fafard kill.

Camaioni put away a kill for sideout to make the score 24-22, and Collins had scored twice on service aces to tie the game at 24-24. Her next serve, however, went long to put Canisius back up, 25-24.

A Cruz ball handling error preceded kills by Camaioni and Greenup that tied the score again, 26-26.

Canisius looked to put the game away on a Renee Lettow kill and Curran service ace, giving the Golden Griffins a 28-26 lead and forcing Loyola to call a timeout.

On the ensuing possession, however, Cruz fed Karlee Woodward a quick set in the middle that she put away for a kill, sending Woodward to the serving line.

She served two points to regain the lead for Loyola, 29-28, but Lettow had a kill to tie the score.

Cruz pushed her next set outside to Greenup, who recorded her match-high 17th kill of the afternoon on a cross-court shot. Cruz then had her third service ace of the day to close the match in Loyola's favor.

Camaioni had 15 kills, and Schillinger posted 14 for Loyola. Greenup hit .405 without an error in 42 attempts, her highest hitting percentage of the season and second-best of her career.

Brittany Born and Camaioni each had 30 digs, marking the first time in school history two Loyola players have had 30 digs in a match. Cruz posted a double-double with 18 digs, and Kimi Gabriel had 15.

The Greyhounds totaled 13.5 blocks in the match, led by Woodward's eight. Camaioni and Collins each had six, and Schillinger recorded five.

Domo led the Golden Griffins with 15 kills, and Gerde had 12. Jess Stackhouse and Renee Lettow also topped the 30-dig mark, posting 38 and 34, respectively.

Loyola continues its MAAC homestand with a 2 p.m. match tomorrow against Niagara.