Sept. 14, 2005
BALTIMORE, Md. - Coming off their second win of the season on Tuesday night, the Greyhound volleyball team begins a six-match road trip this weekend when they travel to the SpringHill Suites Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Greyhounds will face host Charlotte in addition to North Texas, Winthrop and Davidson.
Now 2-7 on the season, the Greyhounds snapped a three-match losing streak on Tuesday night with a three-game sweep over Howard University. Senior outside hitter Becky Corb and sophomore outside hitter Christina Greenup each registered 12 kills to lead Loyola to the victory. Corb also added nine kills as she played in her 100th career match.
The Greyhounds are 2-0 at home this season with both wins coming by means of a three-game sweep. Loyola defeated Coppin State in three straight games last Tuesday to mark the first time since the 2001 season an opponent has been swept at Reitz Arena.
Corb continues to lead the team's offense with 92 kills, ranking ninth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in kills per game. Meanwhile, freshman setter Marcellee Williams ranks sixth in the conference in assists per game (8.00) while senior libero Jamie Arndt is sixth in digs per game (3.93).
The host 49ers are 2-8 on the season after suffering a four-game loss to Appalachian State on Tuesday evening. After starting the season with six straight losses, Charlotte has gone 2-2 in its last four matches. Abbey Szlanfucht recorded 22 kills with 11 digs in the loss on Tuesday night and leads the team with 154 kills. Alma Arroyo added 12 kills with 10 digs while Eden Ramos contributed a career-high 52 assists. The 49ers played without junior right side hitter Jessica Oldenburg in Tueday's loss. She has 105 kills in seven matches this season. Charlotte went 1-2 at the Duke University Tournament last weekend and returns home after a five-match road trip.
Meanwhile, Davidson is off to a 1-7 start after a tough five-game setback against Liberty on Tuesday night. Katie Pierucci had 20 kills and 14 digs in the loss while Liz Williamson added 13 kills and a career-high 18 digs. Lindsay Woeste added a career-high 25 digs for the Wildcats, who play six of their next seven matches on the road. Davidson's lone win of the season came against Howard in the Mizuno Wildcat Classic last weekend.
North Texas dropped to 2-9 on the season with a three-game loss to Wichita State on Tuesday night. Tara Hooser led North Texas with eight kills while Rachel Raley had a team-high 10 digs. Hooser has 76 kills in 11 matches while Raley has recorded 79 digs. The Mean Green began the year with an eight-match losing streak before snapping the streak with a pair of wins over Prairie View A&M and Centenary. North Texas is currently in the middle of a six-match road trip.
The three-time defending Big South champion, Winthrop is off to a 5-3 start after winning their own tournament over the weekend. Senior Mary Hock was named the tournament's MVP and the Big South Conference Player of the Week after recording 57 kills in three matches along with a .314 hitting percentage. She had 22 kills and 14 digs in the tournament finale against Indiana. Winthrop has won 18 straight home matches, including a perfect 5-0 record this season. Chandra Ginest is the team's leader with 314 assists, while Beth Waggoner has 75 digs to lead the squad in that category.
The Greyhounds begin a six-match road trip with the tournament this weekend. The road trip will include visits to LaSalle and Robert Morris before Loyola returns home to face Morgan State on September 29 at 7:00 p.m.