Oct. 30, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Loyola's volleyball team used a .320 hitting percentage and 13 team blocks to defeat Rider by a score of 3-1 on Saturday night at Reitz Arena to earn its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) win of the season.
The Greyhounds quest to capture a second consecutive win after they defeated UMES 3-0 on Wednesday, was not an easy one, however.
A hotly contested match from the beginning, Loyola countered an 8-3 Rider lead in Game One with an impressive run to go up 20-16. The Greyhounds then closed the door on the Broncs in the first stanza as they won 10 of the game's final 19 points.
Rider orchestrated a minor comeback of its own to win Game Two. Loyola held a slim lead for the majority of the game. But, the Broncs strung together a few points late in the game to win by two, 30-28, and tie the match at one game apiece.
Game Three was literally a back and forth battle with both teams exchanging points throughout the course of the game and pushing the game to extra points. With the game tied 34-34, the Greyhounds managed to win two consecutive points to finally seal things at 36-34 and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Game Four took almost exactly the same pattern as Game Three did with both squads trading barbs the whole way and again, pushing the stanza to extra points. The Greyhounds found themselves down 31-30 and facing the possibility of having to play a deciding Game Five when they reeled off three straight points to clinch the game, 33-31, and the match.
Loyola was led by Becky Corb's match-high 29 kills on a .370 hitting percentage. Christina Greenup added 18 kills on a .326 hitting percentage and five block assists, Christine Lopez tallied 12 kills on a .458 hitting percentage and posted one block and eight block assists, Blair Snyder notched 11 kills, while Krystal Biegaj posted a match-high 66 assists.
Rider was led by Jaclyn Levi's 24 kills, Megan Smith's 17 kills, and Stefanie Lombardo's 14 kills. The Broncs' Jennifer Lane dished out 62 assists.
Loyola's record improved to 7-16 overall and 1-4 in the MAAC with the win while Rider, who entered the match in second place in the MAAC, saw its record fall to 12-11 overall and 3-2 in the MAAC.