Balanced Attack Leads Volleyball to 3-Game Defeat of Iona

Nov. 11, 2007

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BALTIMORE - Four Loyola hitters posted 10 or more kills, as the Greyhounds closed their regular-season with a 30-22, 30-23, 33-31 defeat of Iona on Sunday evening in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match at Reitz Arena.

Karlee Woodward led all players with 17 kills. She hit .625 with only two errors in 24 attempts. Woodward also tied for game-high honors with seven total blocks.

Christina Greenup had 13 kills, while Anastasia Collins added 11, and Nina Camaioni posted a double-double with 10 kills and 19 digs.

Chrissey Cruz spread out 49 assists, a career-high for a three-game match, and had 12 digs.

The Greyhounds (22-11 overall, 13-5 MAAC) cruised through the first two games, but struggled a bit late in the third.

Loyola led by four, 21-17, on a Rachel Schillinger kill. The Gaels (13-18, 10-8) scored five of the next six points, however, to tie the score at 22-22. The teams traded sideouts for eight-straight points, but Iona then took a 26-25 lead on an Alyssa Morales service ace.

The Gaels went ahead by two as Kristin Allain, Sarah Wiener and Rachel Whitten posted a triple block against Collins.

Back-to-back kills by Woodward and Camaioni tied the score at 27-27, but Camaioni served long to give Iona a sideout point. The Gales went to game point, 29-27, on a kill by Allain.

Loyola, however, rallied, as Woodward put away a kill, and Greenup and Schillinger combined to block Allain, tying the game at 30-30.

Iona again took a one-point lead on a kill by Kendall Paulus, but a Cruz tip went down for a kill to tie the score at 30-30.

Allain again put Iona ahead by one, 31-30, but Schillinger and Collins recorded Loyola's 14th block on the night, this time against Paulus to even the score at 31-31.

Camaioni and Greenup registered the final kills to close out the match.

Loyola will be the third seed in next weekend's MAAC Championships at Fairfield University. The seed is the highest for the Greyhounds since 1997. Loyola will play either Siena or the host Stags on Sunday, November 18.