Greyhounds Top Canisius in Four, Improve to 2-0 in MAAC Play

Sept. 16, 2007

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Loyola College rallied from a shaky second game to claim a four-game Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference victory, 32-30, 16-30, 30-25, 30-27, Sunday afternoon over host Canisius College.

The win for the Greyhounds (8-6 overall, 2-0 MAAC) was their fourth in a row and snapped a four-match losing streak against the Golden Griffins (3-10, 1-1).

Hitting percentage was again key for Loyola, which completed its first MAAC road trip of the season with a 2-0 record after beating Niagara University on Saturday. The Greyhounds had 10 errors and only eight kills, for a -.051 hitting percentage, in the second game that Canisius won.

The Greyhounds, however, hit at least .149 in the other three games.

Karlee Woodward and Nina Camaioni led the Greyhounds with 12 kills each, while Anastasia Collins had 10. Christina Greenup and Rachel Schillinger added nine each. Chrissey Cruz had 45 assists and 11 digs.

Solid blocking was also a part of the reason the Greyhounds were victorious, especially in the deciding fourth game. Loyola put away five total blocks in that frame, nine for the match.

Collins was in on two block assists and a solo block in the fourth, and Woodward and Schillinger had two block assists. Greenup and Camaioni each had one block assist in the fourth.

Woodward led all players with five total blocks, one solo, in the match.

Canisius took a 20-18 lead in the fourth on a kill by Morgan Ammons, but Greenup put down a kill on the next serve, and a Golden Griffins attack error tie the score at 20. The teams traded points after that, but a Woodward and Collins block, and a Woodward kill, gave the Greyhounds a 23-21 lead that they would not relinquish.

Camaioni had five kills in the fourth, while Collins and Woodward each had four. Cruz had 15 assists in the frame.

After losing 30-16 in the second game, the Greyhounds struggled at the start of the third, falling behind 5-1. With Cruz serving, however, they rallied to tie the score at six. The score remained close until a Camaioni kill gave Loyola a 10-9 lead, which it would not give up.

Nicole Farfard led all players with 17 kills for Canisius. Jess Stackhouse had 32 digs.

Loyola, however, held Farfard without a kill in the fourth game. She had four errors in 12 attempts in that game.