Nov. 15, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Senior Rachel Schillinger led the Greyhounds with 19 kills, reaching the 1,000 mark for career kills in the fourth set of Loyola's 3-2 loss to Fairfield on Saturday afternoon.
"Rachel came to play today and was extremely motivated for the final home contest," head coach Scott Pennewill said. "Definitely her best performance of the year, and not just on offense, but her blocking in sets three and four."
The Greyhounds fought hard for major comebacks in the third and fourth sets, but fell in the deciding set to the Stags, 25-18, 2-18, 23-25, 21-25, and 15-12.
The Greyhounds started out a bit slow, falling 2-0 in the first two sets, but after junior Karlee Woodward delivered two kills, followed by a Schillinger kill and a block with Greenup, Loyola pushed a 10-6 lead early in the third set and kept the lead until Fairfield's sophomore Alex Lopez responded with two kills and a service ace to tie everything up at 16 all.
Loyola then scored six of the next seven points until a few errors and a kill from middle blocker Katie Mann allowed Fairfield to comeback within two for a 23-21 score.
Woodward followed with two kills and sealed the third match for the Greyhounds with a 25-23 victory. She finished the day with 18 total kills.
In the fourth set, the Greyhounds continued to deliver on offense. Woodward had five kills in the set, four of which helped the team to pull away from a tied score at 13, to go up 20-19. Loyola then forced a few Stag errors and junior Stasia Collins followed with a kill and a service ace to take the win at 25-21.
Going into the deciding set, the Greyhounds were determined to help Schillinger reach 1,000 career kills. Down 7-5 early in the set, Schillinger delivered her signature tip, set by junior Kristen Muscarella, to score the sixth point and finally reach the 1,000 plateau for career kills.
Fairfield led the way for most of the fifth set and sealed the match victory with a kill from Mann and a 15-12 set win. Loyola kept up on offense with the help from five Schillinger kills.
Loyola finishes the regular season with a 12 noon match against Rider on Sunday in Lawrenceville, N.J.