Volleyball Looks To Ride Momentum Into Weekend Home Matches

Oct. 3, 2008

Ahead by just a point in the deciding fifth set last Sunday against Canisius in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match at Reitz Arena, something clicked for the Loyola offense, a swing in momentum that the team looks to carry into another weekend of league play.

The Greyhounds led the fifth set, 5-4, after losing the third and fourth by a pair of 11-point margins.

From that juncture in the final set, the Greyhounds scored 10 of 13 points to close out the match and knock off the Golden Griffins, who were tied for first place in the MAAC at the time.

This weekend, Loyola hosts two more MAAC matches in Reitz Arena, taking on Siena at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Marist on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Loyola ramped up its defensive effort on Sunday against Canisius, posting 90 digs, as four players tallied 13 or more in the match.

Nina Camaioni led all players with 27, while Brittany Born had 22, Kristen Muscarella added 15, and Nicole Scimeme totaled 13.

The Greyhounds also put up a solid blocking effort, tallying a season-high 13 total stuffs against Canisius.

Karlee Woodward led the way with six blocks, while Rachel Schillinger and Stasia Collins each had five, and Christina Greenup added four.

Siena enters Saturday on a four-match winning streak since dropping its first conference contest of the season, a five-set affair at Canisius.

Burgandy McCurty was named the MAAC and ECAC Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Saints (5-8, 3-1) to victories over Iona and Manhattan last weekend. She leads the MAAC with 4.12 kills per set and a.336 hitting percentage.

Marist (6-11, 1-3), which plays Rider on Saturday, has a balanced hitting effort with two players ranked in the conference's top four in kills per set. Joanna Foss leads the Red Foxes with 3.34, while Alexandra Schultze is just behind at 3.29.

Both games are free of charge and will be played in Reitz Arena.