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Volleyball Opens Home Schedule Against Towson

Sept. 4, 2007

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Home Opener, Back on the Road: Loyola opens its 2007 home schedule with a 7 p.m. match against Towson University on Tuesday, September 4... The Greyhounds then hit the road again, traveling to a tournament for the third-straight weekend, this time going to Worcester, Mass., for the Crusader Classic at Holy Cross. There, Loyola will play three contests, beginning with a 5 p.m. match on September 7 against Hartford... The Greyhounds also play the host Crusaders on September 8 at 12:30 p.m., then finish the tournament with a match against another Baltimore team, Coppin State, at 4:30 p.m.

The Tigers: Towson enters the match with a 1-5 overall record after opening the season at the Morehead State Tournament and the College of Charleston Tournament. Last weekend, the Tigers dropped three matches -- to Winthrop, Illinois-Chicago and C. of C. Towson won its first match of the year, a five-game victory over Eastern Kentucky. Maddie Haseltine leads the Tigers' attack with 84 kills (3.82 kills per game), while Alysha Fanning (53, 2.41) and Ally Perko (47, 2.47) are close behind. Katee Luecke has distributed 210 assists, and Fanning is the team's top blocker (18 total). Missy Rohrbaugh leads the club with 60 digs.

Holy Cross Tournament: The Greyhounds' first opponent, Hartford, enters the tournament with a 0-5 record. Halley Fullagar leads the Hawks with 50 kills, while Lauren Flores had 51 digs. Holy Cross opened the 2007 season with a 2-4 record through last weekend, posting wins over Saint Peter's and Sacred Heart. Christine Strawson is averaging 4.21 kills (80 total) per game this season, and she is second on the team with 61 digs. Coppin State enters the tournament with a 0-2 record after losses to Maryland-Eastern Shore and Navy. Last year, Loyola beat the Eagles in three.

Looking Back: Loyola split four matches for the second-straight weekend. The Greyhounds defeated Saint Peter's and La Salle, and lost to UMBC and Lafayette, at the La Salle Invitational. Rachel Schillinger earned All-Tournament honors after finishing play with a .320 hitting percentage. She put away 40 kills and had only eight hitting errors in 100 attempts. She also contributed 12 total blocks at the tournament. Nina Camaioni led Loyola with 56 kills, posting back-to-back 17-kill efforts in the wins over Saint Peter's and La Salle. Chrissey Cruz dished out 166 assists, a season-high 53 against La Salle.

Head Coach Kristina Hernandez: In her four season at Loyola, Hernandez has compiled a 31-73 record... A 2003 graduate of North Carolina A&T, Hernandez remains one of the youngest coaches at the NCAA Division I level and has been very active in coaching at the national levels... She was the coach of the USA Youth National A2 team during the summer of 2007 that competed at the High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla... Hernandez has also served as the MAAC representative to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Head Coaches Committee.