Niagara Staves Off Volleyball Team, 25-18, 25-16 and 25-20 in MAAC Play

Oct. 19, 2008

Niagara, N.Y. - Senior Rachel Schillinger and junior Stasia Collins both posted eight kills apiece Sunday for Loyola, but a homestanding Niagara hit .318 as a team and held off the Greyhounds, 25-18, 25-16 and 25-20.

The Greyhounds fall to 4-20 (1-9 MAAC) with the loss, while Niagara improves to 4-19 (2-8 MAAC).

On the defensive side, sophomores Nina Camaioni and Brittany Born contributed eight digs apiece. Loyola hit .120 in the match, with 29 kills on 17 errors; the Purple Eagles clipped the .318 mark with 41 kills compared to 13 errors.

In the first set, Loyola maintained an 8-8 tie in the early going. Niagara though, went on three separate spurts where it scored three or more consecutive points, to take a 19-11 advantage. Loyola moved within five twice, 21-16 and 23-18, on two Schillinger kills, but the Purple Eagles closed out the set with two kills for the win.

Loyola hit a match-low .077 in the second set and couldn't recover. After getting down early, Loyola moved within four, 13-9, on a point and a service ace by Kristen Muscarella. The Purple Eagles rallied though, going up 21-14. The Greyhounds moved within two at 21-16 on a point by Karlee Woodward. But two straight kills and two Loyola errors gave the set to the Purple Eagles, 21-16. Niagara hit .375 in the second set.

Hitting their match-best .171 in the third set, Loyola maintained a late tie with Niagara, 14-14. The Purple Eagles though, used a critical four-point run to go up 18-14 and held off the Greyhounds for a 25-20 victory.

Loyola returns to action Tuesday at Navy. Match time is scheduled for 6 p.m.