Nov. 7, 2009
BALTIMORE, Md. -
The Greyhounds nearly made upsets a habit Saturday, when they took Fairfield, the conference's top team into five sets at Reitz Arena for the second year in a row.
But in the end, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference leader prevailed for the 3-2 (25-22, 20-25, 19-25, 25-23, 11-15) win.
Nina Camaioni was one kill shy of matching Katie Mann's match-high 20 kills and turned in 21 digs for her 15th double-double of the season. Janet Pressler hit a career-high 14 kills and two blocks, while Karlee Woodward turned in nine kills on .412 hitting and put up five blocks.
The match was characterized by big momentum swings and strong rally play. Loyola (16-11, 13-2 MAAC) gained enough momentum in the third set to come out strong with a win in the fourth. But late in the fourth set, Fairfield (12-18. 13-2 MAAC) began to creep up, and built on the late rally to finish off the Greyhounds in the fifth.
The first set was all about Pressler. The freshman hitter led all scorers with five kills, helping lead the Greyhounds to a 25-22 win.
Loyola fell behind early in the second and third sets. The Stags took set two 25-20, but the third set wasn't as easy.
The Stags took an early lead in set three, but Pressler and Camaioni helped the Greyhounds chip away at Fairfield's lead. Camaioni took a 10-9 lead for Loyola, but Fairfield began to pull away again. But when it looked like their opponent was about to end it, the Greyhounds fought back.
Down 20-14 after Pressler hit a ball into the net, Woodward drilled two straight overpasses down the middle of the court, putting Loyola within four points of tying.
Loyola continued to rally, with Katie Dircks adding in a hard kill and Camaioni following with one of her own down the left line. After siding out, Aubrey Kirven tipped a ball over the net, putting the score at 22-19.
A kill and back-to-back aces by Mann gave Fairfield the win, but the Greyhounds used that momentum to jump out to a lead in the fourth set.
Up 12-6 early on, the Stags went kill-for-kill with Loyola to try and lift the team out of the hole. Just like in game three, there was a late surge that provided momentum for the next set. However, this time it was Fairfield that made a late run.
The Stags pressured the `Hounds in the fifth set, forcing costly errors. Loyola fought back but could not overcome the slim lead Fairfield had built, falling 15-11 in the deciding set.
Continuing their four-game home stand, the Greyhounds face Manhattan Sunday. Loyola will face the Jaspers at 2 p.m. at Reitz Arena.