Nov. 3, 2007
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Loyola's volleyball team qualified for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships despite losing Saturday, 26-30, 30-20, 30-24, 19-30, 15-10, to Manhattan.
Although the Greyhounds (19-11 overall, 10-5 MAAC) lost, they are assured of a top-four finish in the conference based on a loss by Canisius to Siena. The Golden Griffins, who are currently fifth in the conference with a 7-8 record have three matches remaining this season and can have no more than 10 wins in the MAAC.
Loyola swept the season series with Canisius and therefore hold the tiebreaker over the Golden Griffins. The Greyhounds hold a one-game lead over fourth-place Iona in the conference standings.
The Greyhounds have not finished in the top four of the conference since 2002 when they placed fourth. The last time they finished higher than fourth was the 1997 season.
Loyola will be one of four teams that will compete at the MAAC Championships, November 18-19, at Fairfield. Siena and the host Stags have also clinched berths in the playoffs.
Manhattan (5-22, 4-11) won despite only hitting .126 in the match. The Jaspers, however, took advantage of several Loyola errors in the match.
The Greyhounds had 28 attack, 12 receiving, 11 service and three blocking errors in the match, which accounted for 54 Manhattan points.
Rita Welsh and Sherryta Stokes each had 15 kills for the Jaspers, and Ashley Watson had a match-high 21 digs.
The Greyhounds continue their roadtrip tomorrow with a 2 p.m. match at Saint Peter's.