Sept. 26, 2008
BALTIMORE - The Loyola volleyball team returns to Baltimore for its first home matches since September 9, and the Greyhounds will host their first home conference matches of the season, as well.
Saturday, Loyola will take on Niagara at 4 p.m. in a match that will be played at neighboring College of Notre Dame of Maryland . The Greyhounds then host Canisius on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Reitz Arena.
Niagara (2-11 overall, 2-0 MAAC) started its season with nine losses in a row, but the Purple Eagles have shown considerable improvement in their last four, splitting those matches.
They defeated cross-town rival Buffalo on September 16 for their first win of the season, and then dropped two very close five-set matches on the first weekend of conference play to Marist and Siena.
Niagara then defeated visiting Missouri-Kansas City on Wednesday night in four sets. Freshman middle blocker Kathy Bibler led the Purple Eagles in that match with a career-high 17 kills against the Kangaroos.
Last Sunday, Niagara won the second and third sets against defending conference champions Siena before stretching the Saints to 15-13, before losing in the final set. Holly Algeier had 21 kills for Niagara in that match.
Hannah Hendrick leads the Purple Eagles with 2.59 kills per set, while Lauren Costello tops the squad with 0.55 blocks per set.
Canisius enters the weekend, and plays at Rider on Saturday, tied for the top spot in the Metro Atlantic Atlhetic Conference at 2-0 with Fairfield. The Griffs defeated Marist and Siena last weekend and then defeated UMKC in five on Wednesday.
Morgan Ammons leads Canisius (7-3, 2-0) with 3.31 kills per set, while Sarah Podlesh tops the Griffs with 3.83 digs per set. Michelle Godfrey leads the conference with 1.22 blocks per game.
Loyola (3-11, 0-2) lost a close match on Sunday at Manhattan and will look to rally this weekend against the schools from the Buffalo area.
Nina Camaioni set a career-high with 20 kills at Mahnattan on Sunday and leads the Greyhounds with 2.38 kills per set. She is second on the team with 2.84 digs per set, behind Brittany Born's 3.37. Karlee Woodward is second in the MAAC in blocks per set with 1.06.