Nov. 18, 2010
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Nicole Sarby had a match-high 14 kills with only two hitting errors, but the rest of the Loyola University Maryland volleyball team did not fare as well on offense, and the Greyhounds lost in four sets to Canisius, 25-21, 21-25, 25-11, 25-17, in the teams' first match at the 2010 MAAC Championships at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
The sixth-seeded Greyhounds (14-18 overall) will play an elimination game on Friday at 2 p.m. They will face either Marist, Niagara or Siena in the match.
While Sarby hit at a .375 clip on her 32 swings against the Golden Griffins (16-15), the rest of the team tallied 34 kills and 35 errors on 135 attempts for a negative attack percentage.
Canisius, the third seed, took control of set one early after Loyola jumped out to a modest 4-2 advantage. The Golden Griffins scored eight of the next 10 points and led by four on a Janelle Davis kill.
Loyola, however, rallied to tie the set at 16-16 on a Sarby kill. Canisius scored six of the next eight points and went up, 22-18, on a Samantha Good kill before the teams traded points and the Golden Griffins closed it out at 25-21.
The Greyhounds controlled the second set from the beginning, not allowing Canisius a tie or lead throughout the entire frame. An Aubrey Kirven kill gave Loyola an 18-11 advantage, and the Greyhounds cruised to the set win.
Set three was Canisius' the entire way. Sarby and Taylor Koncelik combined to block Emily Elek, pulling Loyola within five, 11-6, but that is as close as the Greyhounds would get.
The Golden Griffins again controlled the tempo in the fourth and deciding set until a Katie Dircks service ace made it 11-10. Canisius tallied seven of the next 10 points, however, and took control of the game.
Nina Camaioni had 13 kills and 11 digs, while Dircks added 18 digs and four service aces.
Good led a balanced Canisius attack with 11 kills, and Danielle Brawn had nine. The Golden Griffins scored 52 points off Loyola errors.