Volleyball Returns Home To Face UMBC

Oct. 11, 2005

BALTIMORE, Md. - Looking for their fifth win of the season, the Greyhound volleyball team returns to Reitz Arena on Tuesday night to host local rival UMBC. Now 4-14 on the season, Loyola returns to action after suffering a tough five-game loss to Saint Francis on Friday night.

Senior outside hitter Becky Corb led the Greyhounds in the loss to the Red Flash. She recorded her sixth double-double effort of the season with a team-high 17 kills and 12 digs. Freshman setter Marcellee Williams added her team-leading seventh double-double performance by registering a match-high 45 assists to go with a season-high 17 digs. The Greyhounds had four players record 10 or more digs in the loss, including senior Jamie Arndt , who tallied a match-high 24 digs.

Corb continues to pace the Greyhound offense with 234 kills in 66 games this season. After Friday night's performance, she is just 13 kills shy of tying the Loyola record for career kills, which was set by Sarah Becker, `94. Becker had 1,436 kills in her career while Corb has 1,423 in three-plus seasons. Corb is averaging 3.71 kills per game this season.

Corb also has an outstanding chance of becoming the second player in Loyola history to amass 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career, joining Shauna Lagatol, `99 on the exclusive list. She needs 61 digs to reach 1,000 for her career.

Arndt has a chance to reach 1,000 career digs this week, needing just 23 to reach the milestone. In her Loyola career, she has averaged 3.18 digs per game and ranks among the MAAC leaders this season with 286 digs.

With her 45 assists in the loss to Saint Francis on Friday night, Williams reached the 500-assist mark for her career. Williams has started all 18 matches for the Greyhounds this season and has recorded 541 assists in 61 games, averaging 8.87 assists per game.

Now 8-11 on the season, the UMBC Retrievers enter Tuesday's match are coming off a pair of wins this past weekend in AMERICA EAST conference play. The Retrieivers earned a four-game win at the University of Hartford on Friday before taking a four-game win against Stony Brook on Sunday at the RAC Arena.

Freshman outside hitter Sarah Ball recorded a match-high 18 kills and nine digs in the win over Stony Brook. Senior setter Megan Gross recorded 42 assists and added 10 digs for her second straight double-double effort. Senior libero Christine Skala recorded her 10th 20-dig performance of the year in the win against the Seawolves with a match-high 23 digs.

Named as the AMERICA EAST Rookie of the Week four times already this year, Ball ranks second in the conference in kills per game (4.07) and points per game (4.69). She leads the Retrievers with 248 kills and has tallied 155 digs in 61 games this season. Skala ranks third in the conference in digs per game (4.27) while Stacey Carroll has recorded 571 assists, which is good for fifth in the conference in assists per game (9.84).

The Retrievers are led by first-year Head Coach Ian Blanchard, who was an assistant coach at Towson University for two years and helped the Tigers reach the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time in school history.

This will be the second meeting between the Retrievers and the Greyhounds this season. In the opening match of the George Mason University Patriot Invitational on September 2, UMBC handed Loyola a four-game loss at Linn Memorial Gym. Ball led the Retrievers to the victory with a match-high 19 kills while also adding 17 digs for her first career double-double. Corb led the Greyhounds in the loss with 11 kills and 12 digs while Williams tallied 35 assists and 10 digs for her first career double-double.

The Greyhounds will begin Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon when they face Rider University to begin a two-match road trip. After taking on Lafayette on Wednesday, Loyola will host Manhattan and Saint Peter's next weekend at Reitz Arena.

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