Niagara's Offense Pushes Purple Eagles Past Volleyball In Four

Oct. 27, 2012

Final Stats

BALTIMORE - Niagara University recorded 15 more kills than Loyola University Maryland and hit .262 to defeate the Greyhounds in four, 25-21, 25-14, 22-25, 25-16, on Saturday afternoon in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action.

Kari Honomichl posted a match-high 16 kills, 12 coming in the last two matches, and Ellen Senf and Amanda Sedore each had 11 kills for the Purple Eagles (13-10 overall, 10-3 MAAC).

The Greyhounds (13-11, 6-7) fell behind 10-2 in the first set, committing six errors of different varities, but Jac Bullock scored on a sideout kill, and then Faye Lukas served four-straight points - two on aces, one on a Bullock solo block and another on a kill by the Loyola middle blocker.

Niagara sided out on a Greyhounds' ball-handling error, one of the nine called between the two teams in the match, but Loyola got the serve back when one was whistled against the Purple Eagles.

Bullock then served three points, a block by Katie Dircks and Mindy Maloney, a Lukas kill and a Niagara attack error, and the Greyhounds were only behind one, 12-11.

Niagara called a timeout, however, and the Purple Eagles scored five in a row out of the break to take a commanding lead in the set.

The Purple Eagles built a lead in the third set after coasting in the second, going up 22-19 on a Loyola attack error, but Loyola got a sideout point on a Lukas kill, and after a Niagara attack miscue, Nicole Sarby served an ace to tie the set at 22-22.

Loyola scored the final three points of the set, two on Lukas kills wrapped around a Sarby ace, forcing a fourth set that Niagara won.

Bullock hit .391 and led the Greyhounds with 11 kills, while Maloney and Lukas both had 10. Maloney led all players with a .500 hitting percentage in the match. Bullock had five total blocks, and Kara Schiffer posted 19 digs. Sarby set a career-high with 24 assists in three sets of action.

The Greyhounds return to the Reitz Arena court on Sunday at 2 o'clock to host Canisius College.