Sept. 8, 2005
BALTIMORE, Md. - Coming off its first win of the season, the Greyhound volleyball team will return to the road this weekend when they travel to the Cal Poly/Best Western Royal Oak Invitational. The Greyhounds will take on San Jose State on Friday afternoon before facing the host Mustangs and the University of Portland on Saturday.
Now 1-4 on the season, the Greyhounds snapped a four-match losing streak with a three-game sweep over Coppin State University on Tuesday evening. The win marked the first time Loyola has swept an opponent at home since the 2001 season when the Greyhounds defeated Howard in three straight games.
"We are happy we got our first win last night," Loyola Coach Kristina Hernandez said. "We still have a lot of room to grow and I know we will be stronger as the season progresses."
Freshman setter Marcellee Williams recorded her second double-double of the season in the win over Coppin State. She registered 32 assists along with a career-high 15 digs. It marked the third time this year Williams has amassed 30 or more assists in a single match. In addition, sophomore Christina Greenup tallied a season-high 16 kills to lead the Greyhound offense. Freshman Rachel Schillinger aided in the win with seven total blocks (one solo, six assisted) in addition to her seven kills.
Senior outside hitter Becky Corb leads the Greyhounds with 61 kills in five matches this season, while Williams has tallied 143 assists in her rookie campaign. Senior libero Jamie Arndt has contributed with 56 digs as well.
Cal Poly enters this weekend's play with a four-match win streak and have not lost since an August 27 setback to USC in the season opener. The Mustangs won the George Mason University Patriot Invitational last weekend after winning all four of their matches. Vanessa Gilliam was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after recording 19 kills in a victory over George Mason on Saturday afternoon. She leads the team with 98 kills in five matches, while Chelsea Hayes has recorded 138 assists.
San Jose State is 3-2 on the season after suffering a tough loss to San Francisco on Tuesday night. Dyana Thompson recorded 12 blocks in the five-game defeat, while Niki Clement added 10 blocks. They have combined for 43 blocks in the Spartans' first five matches this season. Jennifer Senftleben is the team leader with 92 kills, while Brittany Collett has tallied 197 assists for Coach Greg Choate, who is in his 16th season with the program.
The University of Portland is off to a 1-5 start after suffering a three-game loss to undefeated Oregon on Tuesday night. Senior Monique Kettler led the Pilots in the loss with 10 kills on just 21 attempts. In six matches this season, she leads the team with 58 kills. Senior setter Sheena Surplus has 200 assists on the season while junior Murphy McClenahan has contributed with 98 digs.
This will be the first all-time meeting between Loyola and the other three teams, which will help the Greyhounds prepare for the rest of the season. "We are excited to go to California and compete with some great teams," Hernandez said. "We know it is a tough tournament, but we know it will help us prepare more for the MAAC."
The Greyhounds will return home on Tuesday night when they host Howard University at Reitz Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m. before heading out on the road again for a six-match road trip.