Oct. 31, 2010
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland women's volleyball team scored four-straight points after going down 15-10 in the fourth set to Saint Peter's College, getting back on track in the eventual deciding game of a 3-1 (22-25, 25-19, 25-17, 25-23) Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory on Halloween afternoon in Reitz Arena.
"The serve-receive took quite a while to settle down for us," said Head Coach Scott Pennewill. "To beat a team like Saint Peter's, that is very scrappy, the ball has to go to the right people. Their libero (Katie McFadden) played lights out because we just kept giving her the ball, and hitting-wise, we attacked it right to her."
Following a Greyhounds attack error and timeout, Nicole Sarby put away a kill to pull Loyola within four, 15-11. Katie Dircks and Nina Camaioni tallied kills, and Sarby added another to cut the Peahens' lead to one, 15-14.
Saint Peter's recorded two of the next three points to go back up 17-15, but a Peahens' service error and an ace by Dircks tied the match at 17-17.
The Peahens (6-19 overall, 2-12 MAAC) battled back to lead 20-18 on a Kim Mendoza kill, but Camaioni scored on two kills in a row to tie things up at 20.
Katie McFadden dug a ball for Saint Peter's, and it sailed onto the Loyola side, landing softly for a kill and a 21-20 Peahens' lead, but it would ultimately turn out to be their last.
A Saint Peter's hitting error tied the match again, and Dircks and Corey Haines traded kills to push the score to 22-22.
Loyola forced two consecutive Saint Peter's attack errors, and the Greyhounds had one of their own before Dircks tooled a kill off the Peahens' block for match point.
Camaioni had six kills in the final set, while Sarby and Dircks had five and four, respectively.
Camaioni finished with a match-high 21 kills and team-best 23 digs. Sarby added 14 kills, while Dircks had 11 kills, 21 digs and five aces.
"Aubrey (Kirven) feels free giving Nina the ball and knowing she is going to get a kill," said Pennewill. "If anything, she is going to better the ball. It's not going to be a terminal error. Defensively, Nina is just a great player. She has the experience being able to read hitters and putting herself in a good balanced position. She is just in the right place at the right time more often than not."
Kirven dished out 44 assists and had 16 digs. She added to the Loyola attack with a career-high seven kills on just 11 swings, a .636 clip.
Loyola (13-15, 7-7) tallied 12 aces, a day after having 11 against Rider, and the Greyhounds hit .209 as a team.
"We think the combination of work over two and a half months is just now starting to show up especially with the serving game," said Pennewill.
Stephanie Phillips led Saint Peter's with 14 kills, and McFadden had a match-high 32 digs.
Loyola continues MAAC action with the first of three road games on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in New Rochelle, N.Y., against Iona.