Nov. 10, 2005
BALTIMORE, Md. - Junior middle blocker Beth McArthur recorded a match-high 16 kills and added nine digs as the United States Naval Academy (21-7) rallied from a first game loss to earn its sixth straight win in a four-game victory over the Greyhounds (7-23) in a non-conference match played at Reitz Arena on Thursday evening.
The Midshipmen, who were making their first appearance on the Loyola campus since 1998, won the match with scores of 29-31, 30-19, 30-27 and 30-27. It was also the first meeting between the two teams since the 2003 season.
Freshman Rachel Schillinger helped the Greyhounds win the opening game by a 31-29 margin by converting six kills in 10 attempts with just one attack error. A close game throughout, there were eight ties and two lead changes as Loyola rallied from a 29-28 deficit with three straight points, including a Schillinger kill to end the stanza.
Navy jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the second game as McArthur served eight straight points to give the Midshipmen the early eight-point advantage. Loyola was unable to mount a comeback and Navy evened the match with a 30-19 victory. Sophomore Jacqui Ludeman and sophomore Rachel Dougherty each had four kills in the win for Navy while senior outside hitter Becky Corb had a game-high seven kills for the Greyhounds.
After falling behind by 6-3, the Midshipmen rallied to take an 8-6 lead by scoring five straight points without recording a kill. Loyola countered to tie the score at 10-10 before taking a 12-10 advantage with a kill from junior Blair Snyder and a bad Navy set. The Midshipmen countered with a 5-0 run of their own to regain the advantage at 15-12. After Loyola tied the game at 17-17, Navy regained the lead by scoring back-to-back points with a kill by Ludeman and an attack error by the Greyhounds. Loyola took a 24-23 lead on an attack error by senior Ashley Musser before Navy scored three points for a 26-24 advantage. Loyola tied the game at 26-26 before the Midshipmen scored four of the final five points to take a 30-27 victory. Ludeman led Navy with four kills in the frame.
In the fourth game, the Midshipmen jumped to a 10-3 advantage and never looked back to take the match with a 30-27 victory.
McArthur was one of three Navy players to record double-digit kills in the match. Dougherty had 16 kills and hit .517 for the match while Ludeman registered 14 kills. Musser recorded 41 assists while senior Andrea Wernecke tallied a team-high 15 digs.
Playing in her final home match, Corb led the Greyhounds with 16 kills and a match-high 16 digs, marking the seventh straight match she has recorded 10 or more kills. Schillinger tallied 12 kills and a .321 hitting percentage while senior middle blocker Christine Lopez had 11 kills and four block assists. Senior libero Jamie Arndt also had a match-high 16 digs in her home finale.
The loss was the Greyhounds' sixth straight, which is the longest losing streak since the beginning of last season.
Loyola concludes its 2005 schedule over the weekend with matches against Canisius and Niagara. Meanwhile, Navy will be idle until the 2005 Patriot League Volleyball Tournament, which is scheduled for next Friday and Saturday. The Midshipmen will face Army in the semifinals on Friday night.