Oct. 21, 2005
BALTIMORE, Md. - After winning back-to-back games for the first time this season, the Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena this weekend looking to extend their win streak with a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matches. Loyola hosts Manhattan on Saturday night before entertaining Saint Peter's on Sunday afternoon.
Now 6-15 on the season, the Greyhounds are coming off a thrilling five-game victory over Lafayette on Wednesday evening. Loyola, which only had eight players available due to injury, rallied after losing the first game to take its second five-game victory of the year. Senior outside hitter Becky Corb was one of four Loyola players to record double-digit kills, tallying a team-high 19 kills to go with a season-high 21 digs. Freshman Rachel Schillinger recorded 13 kills with just two attack errors, while junior Blair Snyder added 10 kills with a career-high 19 digs.
It was the first time Loyola had faced Lafayette since 2002 and the seventh win in 10 all-time meetings between the two teams. The Leopards have not beaten the Greyhounds since 1989.
In the Greyhounds' four-game win over Rider on Saturday, Corb became the school's all-time leader in career kills and now has 1,475 in her four-year career. She will be honored in pre-match ceremonies on Saturday evening prior to the Greyhounds' showdown with Manhattan.
Corb continues to lead the Greyhound offense and rank among the MAAC leaders in kills with 286. She has registered five 20-plus kill performances thus far and has six double-double efforts. Freshman Marcellee Williams , who had 50 assists in the win over the Leopards, has 664 assists and ranks fourth in the MAAC in assists per game (9.03) entering the week.
The Jaspers enter the weekend with an 11-13 record and faced Rider on Friday night before Saturday's match against the Greyhounds. Manhattan has won three of its last five matches, but is coming off a tough five-game loss to MAAC-leading Niagara on Sunday afternoon. Senior outside hitter Megan O'Dorisio leads the conference with 338 kills (4.12 per game) while fellow senior Maggie Pfeifer is not far behind, ranking second in kills per game (4.02). Pfeifer also ranks third in hitting percentage entering this week's play, converting on 35.8 per cent of her attack attempts.
Last season, the Greyhounds were swept by the Jaspers in three straight games at Draddy Gymnasium. Pfeifer recorded a match-high 22 kills while Lori Bambauer tallied 42 assists. Corb led the Greyhounds with nine kills while setter Krystal Biegaj had a double double with 28 assists and 14 digs.
The Peahens are 10-11 on the season after earning a four-game victory over Providence College on Wednesday evening. Saint Peter's will face Rider on Saturday before making the trip to Baltimore for its Sunday match against the Greyhounds. In the win over the Friars on Wednesday, Serra Soylu recorded a match-high 27 kills to lead the Peahens while Sasha Pshenychka added 17 kills and nine digs. Katherine Sura also had a team-high 21 digs in the victory.
Setter Alma Qose entered the week ranked fifth in the conference in assists behind Williams, averaging 8.62 per game. Senior Gulhan Cakcak also ranked among the league leaders in kills per game and hitting percentage.
In last year's meeting between the two teams, Saint Peter's used a team-high 18 kills from Soylu to take a four-game victory from the Greyhounds in Jersey City. Corb led the Greyhounds in the loss by recording 19 kills to lead all players while sophomore Christina Greenup added 16 kills for Loyola. Five different players recorded double-digit kills for Saint Peter's, including a double-double performance from Tess Teslaa.
This weekend's matches start a three-match homestand for the Greyhounds, which concludes on Wednesday night against UMES at 7:30 p.m. Loyola will return to conference play next weekend at Fairfield and Iona.