Nov. 6, 2005
BALTIMORE, Md. - Junior outside hitter Stefanie Miksch tallied a match-high 19 kills and added 10 digs as Marist College (7-18, 2-5) earned a four-game victory over Loyola College (7-22, 1-6) in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference volleyball match played at Reitz Arena on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Foxes, who won for the second time in their last three matches, handed the Greyhounds their fifth straight loss with scores of 30-27, 30-20, 36-38 and 34-32.
After trailing by 19-17 in the first game, the Red Foxes rallied to take a 25-21 lead by scoring seven of the next nine points. Junior middle blocker Sally Hanson recorded two kills during the spurt to lead Marist. The Greyhounds cut the deficit to 29-27 before the Red Foxes took advantage of a Loyola attack error to end the first game with the three-point win.
Marist jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the second game and never looked back, handing the Greyhounds a 30-20 defeat. Hanson recorded five kills in the game while Miksch and junior Jaime Kenworthy added four kills each while holding Loyola to a -.103 hitting percentage.
In a wild third game, the teams combined for 22 ties and 12 lead changes before Loyola extended the match with a 38-36 victory. Marist forced extra points when Hanson tied the game at 30-30 with a kill. After the teams exchanged points six times, the Greyhounds took a 37-36 lead on a kill by sophomore Christina Greenup before Kenworthy's attack attempt was blocked by Greenup and freshman Rachel Schillinger to give Loyola the two-point win. Senior outside hitter Becky Corb led Loyola with seven kills in the game while Greenup had five digs.
With the score tied at 10-10 in the fourth game, the Red Foxes took a 14-12 advantage by scoring four of the next six points. The Greyhounds rallied to regain the lead at 16-15 by recording four of the ensuing five points, including a pair of kills by Corb. Loyola extended its cushion to 29-23 before the Red Foxes went on a 6-0 run to tie the score at 29-29 as Miksch registered three straight kills. Senior Christine Lopez put Loyola in the lead at 30-29 on her 15th kill of the match before Miksch tied the score at 30-30 with another kill. The teams exchanged twice before the Red Foxes took the lead for good on a kill by junior Jackie Poston, which was followed by an ace by Miksch.
Miksch was one of two players to record a double-double effort in the win while senior setter Meghan Cochrane had a match-high 49 assists and 10 digs. Hanson and Kenworthy each added 14 kills for the Red Foxes, who had five players record double-digit digs. Senior libero Katie Lux and junior Kim McEathron each had a match-high 15 digs.
Corb and Lopez each had 15 kills to lead the Greyhounds while Corb also added eight digs. Greenup recorded her first double-double of the season with 10 kills and a team-high 14 digs, while senior libero Jamie Arndt tallied 14 digs. Schillinger had nine kills and seven block assists for the Greyhounds, who suffered their sixth straight conference defeat.
The loss spoiled Senior Day for the Greyhounds as Corb, Lopez, Arndt and setter Krystal Biegaj were honored in pre-game ceremonies. Biegaj had 11 digs in the loss to go with three assists.
The Greyhounds conclude the home portion of their 2005 schedule on Thursday night when they host the United States Naval Academy in Reitz Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m. Meanwhile, Marist returns home to finish the regular season next weekend with matches against Manhattan and Saint Peter's.