Nov. 4, 2007
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Nina Camaioni and Christina Greenup head 14 and 13 kills, respectively, helping Loyola win its 20th match of the season, 30-27, 33-31, 30-28, on Sunday afternoon in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match.
The Greyhounds (20-11 overall, 11-5 MAAC) hit the 20-win mark for the first time since 1992 when Loyola won a school-record 25 games and finished 25-15.
"It's great to know that we won our 20th match of the year and that we qualified for the MAAC Championships, but we know there is still work to be done," said Loyola Head Coach Kristina Hernandez. "We set goals at the beginning of the season that included making the tournament. At the same time, we want to do more than just get to the Championships."
Yesterday, despite losing in five games at Manhattan, the Greyhounds qualified for the four-team MAAC Championships that will be held November 18-19 at Fairfield. Loyola remains in third place in the conference, a game ahead of fourth-place Iona.
Loyola took an early lead in the first game, but the Peahens (13-20, 6-10) rallied to go ahead, 15-14, on one of the Greyhounds' 12 first-game hitting errors. After a Saint Peter's serving error, Nina Camaioni and Karlee Woodward combined for a block to put Loyola up, 16-15.
Saint Peter's tied the game twice more before a Camaioni kill was the first of six-straight Loyola points.
The Peahens called time out with the Greyhounds ahead, 23-18, and scored eight of the next 11 points to tie the score at 26-26.
After a Loyola timeout, Saint Peter's took a 27-26 lead on a ball-handling error by Chrissey Cruz. Rachel Schillinger put away a kill for sideout, tying the score at 27-27. The Greyhounds put away three-consecutive blocks, with Woodward assisting on all three, to close out the game.
Woodward had four of her match-high five block assists in the first game.
Yomi Angulo's ace in the second game gave the Peahens a 12-10 lead. Angulo's next serve, however, went out, and Cruz and Schillinger combined for a block on the next play, as part of a 5-1 Loyola run that gave the Greyhounds a 15-13 advantage.
Saint Peter's cut the lead to one on a Kim Mendoza that gave the Peahens the serve with Loyola leading, 18-17. Katherine Sura served seven points in a row to put Saint Peter's in control, 24-18, before Woodward put down a kill for sideout.
After an ace by Anastasia Collins, Mendoza had another kill to put Saint Peter's up by five, 25-20. Woodward and Cruz, however, locked up another block for sideout. Camaioni had an ace, and Woodward notched another kill before a service error gave Saint Peter's a sideout and a 26-23 advantage.
Camaioni's kill, however, immediately gave the serve back to Loyola, which used three Peahen attack errors and a Greenup kill to take a 28-26 lead.
After a Saint Peter's kill, Schillinger gave Loyola game-point, 29-27, with a kill. The Peahens rallied, however, to take a 30-29 lead on three Greyhounds hitting errors.
Woodward and Camaioni logged kills for Loyola to close out the second game, 33-31.
The third, and final, game featured nine lead changes and 22 tie scores. Saint Peter's took a 28-27 lead on a Loyola attack error. Greenup, however, had the last of her 13 kills to give Loyola the serve at 28-28.
Two Saint Peter's attack errors later, Loyola closed out the match for its 20th victory of the season. The Greyhounds have amassed at least a 9-win turnaround from last season when they went 10-26.
Mendoza led all players with 17 kills, but Loyola forced her into 11 hitting errors. Brittany Born led the Greyhounds with 16 digs, while Greenup, Collins and Camaioni each had 14. Chrissey Cruz had a match-high 36 assists.
Loyola plays its final road match of the season on Saturday, November 10, at Rider. The Greyhounds then return to Reitz Arena for their regular-season finale on Sunday, November 11, at 5:30 p.m. versus Iona.