Volleyball Goes For First 2005 Win At Patriot Invitational

Sept. 1, 2005

BALTIMORE, Md. - Coming off a tough season-opening loss to American on Tuesday evening, the Greyhound volleyball squad looks for its first victories of the season this weekend at the George Mason University Patriot Invitational. The Greyhounds will face local rival UMBC and Seton Hall on Friday before taking on the host Patriots on Saturday afternoon.

The four teams are joined by Cal-Poly, which is hosting a tournament next weekend. Loyola is playing in that tournament as well.

The Greyhounds lost to the Eagles in a three-game sweep on Tuesday night, marking the third straight season Loyola has opened the schedule with a loss. Making the first start of her college career, freshman setter Marcellee Williams registered 18 assists and also added a kill in the loss, while senior Becky Corb and junior Blair Snyder each contributed with five kills. As a team, the Greyhounds recorded a -.011 hitting percentage after recording 23 errors with just 22 kils.

Three freshmen made their collegiate debuts in the loss to American. Along with Williams, Rachel Schillinger and Danielle Moran made their first appearances in a Greyhound uniform. Schillinger appeared in all three games and tallied four kills, while Moran played in two games and had four digs.

Corb and fellow senior Krystal Biegaj are approaching school records as they begin the 2005 season. After her five-kill performance on Tuesday night, Corb is just 242 kills away from the school's career mark, which was set by Sarah Becker, '94. Last season, Corb recorded her 1,000th career kill in a win over Rider at Reitz Arena. Meanwhile, Biegaj enters this weekend's matches just 47 assists shy of reaching 3,000 for her career. She is also within reach of the school record of 3,763, which was set by Kim Colavito, `93.

The Retrievers are coming off a pair of tough losses against Northeastern and Villanova last weekend, including a five-game marathon against the Huskies. Against Northeastern, freshman Sarah Ball registered a double-double with 11 kills and 16 digs in her first college match. She also added a 14-kill, 11-dig effort against Villanova. Setter Megan Gross added 44 assists with 15 digs against Northeastern, while Jessie Folk had a team-high 15 kills with 11 digs. In the four-game loss to Villanova, Katrina Carrick and Britney Hodson each recorded 10 kills. UMBC Coach Ian Blanchard is in his first season as the Retrievers' head coach after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Towson University.

This will be the first of two meetings between the Retrievers and the Greyhounds. The two teams will square off at Reitz Arena on October 11.

Seton Hall is 1-1 on the season after splitting a pair of matches last week. After suffering a three-game loss to Albany in the opener, the Pirates earned a three-game victory over Rider on Saturday afternoon. Jessica King recorded 26 kills in the two matches with just four errors, while Brittany Rahrer tallied 72 assists in addition to 18 digs for the Pirates, who are beginning a six-match road trip this weekend.

George Mason is 0-1 on the young season after a heartbreaking, five-game loss to Georgetown University at Linn Memorial Hall last Saturday evening. The Patriots were ahead by a two games to one margin before the Hoyas came back to take games four and five. Senior outside hitter Natalia Porosa registered a double-double in the loss for George Mason, talling a team-high 17 kills to go with 10 digs. Making the first start of her college career, freshman setter Chelsea Kropp earned 51 assists. Sophomore Jacqueline Kohler added 15 kills along with a nine-dig effort in the loss for the Patriots, who are coming off a 14-10 season last year and its 21st straight Colonial Athletic Association Tournament berth. The Patriots return five starters and libero Zulma Rojas for the 2005 campaign.

The Greyhounds open their 2005 home schedule on Tuesday night against Coppin State at 7:00 p.m. before heading out to Cal-Poly for its tournament next weekend.