Oct. 28, 2012
BALTIMORE - Canisius College won the final two sets, logging just two hitting errors in the games while Loyola University Maryland had 17, and the Golden Griffins rallied for a five-set Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win on Sunday afternoon, 20-25, 25-21, 26-28, 25-20, 15-6.
Canisius (14-10 overall, 11-3 MAAC) hit a combined .273 in the final two sets after swinging at just a .120 clip through the first three.
The Golden Griffins had four blocks in the first nine points of the deciding fifth set and took advantage of two Loyola hitting errors and two service aces to go up 8-1 before Faye Lukas scored on a sideout kill for the Greyhounds.
In all, Loyola (13-12, 6-8) committed nine hitting errors, four against the block, a service error and two receiving miscues in the fifth set, leading to 12 Canisius points.
Loyola won the first set after the Golden Griffins were ahead 13-12. Three points in a row - a Jac Bullock kills, one by Lukas and a Canisius attack error - put the Greyhounds up, 15-13. While Canisius tied the score at 15-15 on back-to-back blocks by Logan Sulongga and Samantha Good, Loyola reeled off four-straight to go up four, a lead it would not relinquish.
Canisius, however, evened the match in the second set, allowing Loyola just a one-point lead at 5-4 before gaining control for the rest of the frame.
The Golden Griffins took a 16-14 lead on a Samantha Good kill in the third set, but Loyola scored the next two on a Bullock kill and a Mindy Maloney-Lauren Arnold block to tie the frame.
Canisius again pulled in front by two, 20-18, on a Jessica Warmer swing, but an attack error and a Lauren Andersen dump for a kill tied it for Loyola. Canisius responded with two more points on a block and a Lauren Siebert kill to go up one more time by two, 22-20,but this time Maloney had a kill, the Greyhounds forced a Golden Griffins hitting miscue, and Bullock put away a kill to push Loyola on top, 23-22.
The Golden Griffins scored two in a row to garner a set-point opportunity, but Lukas had a kill to tie the set at 24-24. Emily Elek sided out for Canisius to give it another set-point chance, but it was Lukas again with a kill to tie the set.
This time it was Loyola's set-point opportunity after a Canisius hitting error, but a Greyhound attempt went long, and it was tied against at 26-26.
Bullock put down a kill for the Greyhounds, and a Canisius cross-court attempt went wide, and Loyola pulled ahead, 2-1, in the match with a 28-26 third-set victory.
Canisius, however, controlled play in the fourth set despite Lukas posting three kills for the first three points. With Loyola up, 3-0, Siebert had a kill for Canisius, and Warner served four points in a row to put the Golden Griffins in front for the remainder of the set.
Lukas led all players with 19 kills, and Bullock chipped in with 16. Tina Catanach recorded 11 kills, and a trio of Canisius players - Siebert (14), Good (12) and Warner (11) - all had 11 or more.
Canisius had a 15-7 advantage in blocks, led by eight blocks assists by Siebert.
The Greyhounds play their final road contests of the season next weekend when they travel to Iona College on Saturday, November 3, for an 11 a.m. match and Fairfield University on Sunday, November 4, for a 2 o'clock contest.