Nov. 8, 2009
BALTIMORE, Md. - After struggling with the fifth set all season, the Greyhounds finally overcame the obstacle this weekend when they came from behind to win three straight sets to defeat Manhattan 3-2 (24-26, 24-26, 25-15, 25-18, 15-10) Sunday, at Reitz Arena.
For the first time in her three-year career at Loyola, outside hitter Nina Camaioni hit the 30-kill mark, totaling 31 kills on .356 hitting. The 31 kills puts her season total at 493, breaking Carisa Kreichauf's all-time record of 485. Camaioni also had a match-high 15 digs, a block and an ace to give her a total of 32.5 points in the victory. Camaioni now holds Loyola's single-season kills record as well as the single-match dig record.
The Jaspers (7-21 overall, 3-13 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference ) matched Loyola (13-18 overall, 8-8 MAAC) point for point in the first two sets until the final minutes. Both games ended the same, with Loyola coming back to tie the game at 24-24 and Manhattan holding the Greyhounds off for two more points.
The Greyhounds got off to a strong start in the third. After a short serve by Manhattan, Janet Pressler nailed a kill in the first reception, and Koncelik followed by drilling down an overpass. Camaioni then added two kills to give Loyola a quick 5-0 lead.
After siding out, Taylor Koncelik added another kill down the middle, sparking a rally that saw the Greyhounds go 7-3 to take a 14-3 lead. When Manhattan finally got a kill down, Woodward matched it on the next reception, and then some, adding two more for three straight.
Loyola continued to dominate, holding a 10-point lead throughout most of the match, and holding the opponent to just nine kills. Katie Dircks aced her final serve to win set three 25-15 and stave off elimination.
Woodward and Camaioni continued to tear up the Jaspers in the fourth set, quickly combining for five kills to help Loyola take another early lead. Manhattan fought back, cutting the `Hounds' lead to three at one point. But Katie Dircks began to heat up, and helped finish off the Jaspers with four kills in the fourth set.
In the fifth set, the game got heated when Manhattan's Maddie Heck and Loyola's Dircks were both yellow-carded. Clinging to their last chance, the Greyhounds came out strong with a 6-1 lead. The Jaspers remained resilient as they had all match, applying pressure on the Greyhounds. But a hit by Rita Welsh went well past the back line to end the match and give Loyola match point.
The win was just the second five-set victory of the season. The last one came September 19, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. against Marist. Since then, the Greyhounds have lost in the fifth set four times.