Nov. 9, 2003
BALTIMORE - Loyola's volleyball team received 20 kills apiece from Becky Corb and Susanna Leffers as the Greyhounds recorded a .229 team hitting percentage in upsetting the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's (MAAC) No. 1 team -- Manhattan -- by a score of 3-2 to close the 2003 season and send seniors Megan Maguire and Katie Pruitt away with a win.
Playing in their final match in a Greyhound uniform, Maguire and Pruitt were major reasons for Loyola's victory today, which will go down as one of the greatest upsets in MAAC volleyball history.
Pruitt recorded a career-high 14 kills to go with seven digs and Maguire tallied a match-high 19 digs to add to her MAAC-leading total in that category and finish the season with 540 digs. Loyola also got 11 kills from Christine Lopez, 59 assists from Liz Beauregard, and 10 digs each from Blair Snyder and Leffers.
It was evident that the Greyhounds had a "Senior Day" upset on their minds from the start of the match as they handed the Jaspers, who came in to today's contest riding a 15-match win streak and an undefeated cnference record, a 32-30 loss in a tight Game One.
In Game Two, the Greyhounds looked like they were primed to take a 2-0 lead after using a three-point run to go ahead 26-25. However, Manhattan answered with a three-point sprint of its own and seemed to be in control at 28-26. But, Loyola fought back, scoring three consecutive times to take a 29-28 lead and a serve for the win. The Jaspers then flashed their power and won three of the next four points to record a 31-29 victory and even the match at one game apiece.
Loyola continued its stellar play in Game Three as it strung together a couple of three and four-point runs en route to a convincing 30-25 triumph and a 2-1 lead in the match.
Manhattan refused to die as it gritted out a 30-28 Game Four win to tie the match at 2-2 and force a deciding Game Five.
The Greyhounds controlled Game five from the start and built a 14-10 lead. As expected, Manhattan once again refused to succumb easily and pieced together four-straight points to tie the game at 14-14. The Greyhounds returned the favor with some pride of their own though as Loyola used a Pruitt kill to move ahead 15-14 and a good final-point volley before Manhattan's Luka Van Cauteren tripped, missed the ball, and let it fall to the floor, giving the Greyhounds a 16-14 win and the match.
With the win, Loyola ends its season with a 5-24 overall record and a 3-6 record in the MAAC. Two of the Greyhounds' three conference wins came against two of the MAAC's top teams in Manhattan and Iona. The Jaspers fall to 18-11 overall and 8-1 in the MAAC with the loss and see their 15-match win streak snapped.