Nov. 6, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Despite having three players reach the double-digit kills plateau, Loyola's volleyball team fell in an extremely tight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) match to Niagara by a score of 3-1 on Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena.
The Greyhounds came in to today's contest on a three-match win streak and it looked as if they were ready to stretch that streak to four after taking control of Game One from the start and winning it, 30-24, to take a one-game lead over the Purple Eagles.
Loyola then missed an opportunity to win what was a back-and-forth Game Two. With the Greyhounds leading 28-27, Niagara went on to take four of the next five points, clinching the game 31-29 and evening the match at one game apiece.
The Purple Eagles took Game Three 30-24 to go up two games to one and gained control of the match. But, Loyola fought back in Game Four as it built a 21-15 lead in trying to push the match to a deciding Game Five. The Greyhounds were up 27-23 and just three points away from forcing a Game Five when Niagara went on a 7-1 run to win the game 30-28 and the match.
Greyhound junior Becky Corb nailed down a match-high 27 kills on a .305 hitting percentage, freshman Christina Greenup posted 19 kills on a .311 hitting percentage and Blair Snyder notched 10 kills and six digs. Freshman Katie Sindelar had nine kills, seven digs, three assists and two aces as junior Christine Lopez had nine kills on a .300 hitting percentage, one solo block and two block assists. Krystal Biegaj dished out a match-high 65 assists while Jamie Arndt ran down a match-high 24 digs.
Loyola falls to 8-17 overall and 1-5 in the MAAC with the loss while Niagara improves to 7-16 overall and 5-3 in the MAAC. The Purple Eagles came in to today's match in third place in the league as Loyola entered the match in eighth place in the MAAC.
The Greyhounds are back in action tomorrow when they welcome Canisius to Reitz Arena for a MAAC match at 1 p.m.