Oct. 4, 2005
BALTIMORE, Md. - Coming off their third home win of the season, the Greyhound volleyball team hosts local rival Towson University at Reitz Arena on Tuesday evening. Loyola will be facing the Tigers for the 55th time in a series that dates back to 1976. Towson holds a commanding 38-16 advantage in those meetings.
Now 4-12 on the season, the Greyhounds earned their fourth straight home win with a three-game sweep over Morgan State University on Thursday evening. Loyola has not lost at home since a four-game setback to Niagara University on November 6 of last season. Senior outside hitter Becky Corb led the Greyhounds in the victory over the Lady Bears with a team-high nine kills with 11 digs while senior libero Jamie Arndt recorded a team-high 16 digs. Freshman Marcellee Williams had 27 assists in the win, which ended with a 12-point run by Loyola, including seven Morgan State attack errors.
Corb leads the Greyhounds with 208 kills on the season and is inching closer to the Loyola career kills record, which was set by Sarah Becker, '94. Becker had 1,436 kills in her four-year Greyhound career. She is also getting closer to becoming the second player in school history to amass 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. With 78 more digs, Corb will join Shauna Lagatol, '99 as the only players in school history to accomplish the feat.
Meanwhile, Arndt is also getting closer to reaching 1,000 digs in her career as she needs just 58 digs to reach the milestone. She ranks among the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference leaders in digs per game with 4.65 per game.
The defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Tigers are 17-3 on the season after splitting a pair of home matches last weekend. After sweeping Northeastern University on Friday night, the Tigers saw an end to their 16-match conference win streak and their 33-match home win streak with a four-game loss to Hofstra University on Saturday afternoon. Over the last two-plus seasons, Towson has a 33-2 regular season conference record with both defeats coming against the Pride.
Senior outside hitter April Hoffman leads the Tigers and the conference with 254 kills after recording 42 kills in the two matches over the weekend. Entering tonight's match, she stands fourth on Towson's career kills list with 1,310 in her three-plus seasons. She also has 1,184 career digs, which is good for fourth on the Tigers' all-time ledger. In addition, she leads the CAA in service aces per game and ranks among the national leaders with 0.67 per game.
Towson has eight freshmen on this year's roster, including libero Alison Essink, who leads the team with 297 digs. Four different Tigers have amassed 100 or more digs, while five different players have registered 100 or more kills. Coach Chris Riley is in his sixth season at the helm and has a 133-49 career record.
The Tigers have won seven straight meetings in the series, including last year's three-game sweep at the Towson Center. Towson senior Liz Goubeaux had 10 kills and six blocks to aid in the Tiger victory while senior Mary Clare Coghlan had 38 assists to go with a 10-dig performance from Christina Birog. Corb led the Greyhounds in the loss with 11 kills and seven digs while setter Krystal Biegaj had 22 assists. Loyola's last win in the series came on October 9, 1996 in a five-game marathon while the Tigers have not lost at home since the 1986 season.
After Tuesday's match, the Greyhounds will travel to St. Francis (Pa.) on Friday night before returning home to face UMBC next Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. Loyola lost to the Retrievers in a four-game match at the George Mason University Patriot Invitational on September 2.