Oct. 11, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - Winning on the road in the MAAC is always a difficult challenge, and that proved to be the case for the Loyola volleyball team on Saturday, which fell in three consecutive sets to St. Peter's, 19-25, 16-25 and 13-25 at the Yanitelli Center.With the loss, the Greyhounds drop to 4-16 (1-7 MAAC), while the Peahens used home-court advantage to push their record to 8-11 (4-3 MAAC).
Loyola allowed St. Peter's to hit .306 for the match while only hitting .106 as a team. The Greyhounds were also out-killed, 40-26. The Peahens committed just 10 team errors; Loyola had 16.
Sophomore outside-hitter Nina Camaioni led her team with seven kills and nine points. Rachel Schillinger and Stasia Collins contributed with five kills apiece.On the defensive side, sophomore Libero Brittany Born managed a team-high 12 digs, while Kristen Muscarella pitched in with eight digs and Nina Camaioni contributed seven.
In the first set, Loyola found themselves down just one, 18-17, after a St. Peter's error and a kill by Loyola blocker Karlee Woodward. The Peahens, however, rallied off six of the next seven points to take a 24-18 lead. After a Schillinger kill, a Loyola serving miscue gave St. Peter's the first set, 25-19.
Loyola hit a match-best .269 in the second set, but unfortunately, that wasn't enough as St. Peter's responded by hitting a stunning .708 in the set, thanks in part to 17 kills with no errors.
Up 16-13 in the second, St. Peter's closed out the contest with seven kills and two service errors to claim the set, 25-16.After heading into the locker room down 2-0, the Greyhounds showed their resiliency in the third, battling back-and-forth with the Peahens. Loyola was more efficient in the third, hitting .167 to St. Peter's .158, but it wasn't enough to get the `Hounds a victory.
Finding itself down 8-11 in the middle of the frame, Loyola ripped off five consecutive points - four of them kills--to take a 13-11 lead. The Peahens responded with a five-point rally of their own just minutes though, and took a 19-15 advantage. Holding a 24-20 lead, St. Peter's looked on the verge of clinching the match. The `Hounds showed their fight, though, rallying for three straight points. A kill by St. Peter's Stephanie Phllips put the match away, 25-23.
Loyola continues its road trip tomorrow as it heads to Fairfield, Conn. to battleFairfield. Match-time is scheduled for 2 p.m.