Oct. 27, 2005
BALTIMORE, Md. - After snapping their four-match home losing skid, the Greyhound volleyball team returns to the road this weekend with a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matches against the top two teams in the league. Loyola will face Fairfield on Saturday afternoon before taking on league-leading Iona on Sunday afternoon.
Now 7-17 on the season, the Greyhounds are coming off a three-game victory over the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore on Wednesday night at Reitz Arena. Loyola, which had not won at home since September 29 prior to the victory over the Lady Hawks, also snapped a two-game overall losing skid.
Junior Blair Snyder tied a career high with her 13 kills in the win over the Lady Hawks. She also hit .360 in the match with four errors in 25 attempts. Meanwhile, senior Becky Corb recorded 11 kills and eight digs, including the 1,000th of her college career. She is now just one of two players to have amassed 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs at Loyola, joining Shauna Lagatol, `99 on the exclusive list. Corb now has 1,506 kills and 1,005 digs in her career.
Corb leads the Greyhounds with 317 kills this season and ranks second in digs with 207. Freshman setter Marcellee Williams entered the week ranked fifth in the conference in assists per game. She recorded 32 assists in the win over UMES on Wednesday night.
The Stags are currently in second place in the MAAC with a 12-12 overall record and a 3-1 mark after splitting a pair of conference matches last weekend. Fairfield beat Niagara, but lost a tough five-game match to Canisius. Fairfield hosts Rider on Friday before entertaining the Greyhounds. Jazmin Pa'akaula leads the team with 239 kills while Lindsey Lee is not far behind with 234 kills. Pa'akaula has amassed a team-high 313 digs, while senior Lauren Laramore has tallied 300 digs.
Fairfield swept the Greyhounds during the opening weekend of conference play last year at Reitz Arena. Pa'akaula paced Fairfield with a match-high 13 kills and six digs while Kelly Oliver added 11 kills. Corb had 10 kills, including the 1,000th of her career, to lead the Greyhounds in the loss. She also had seven digs.
Iona leads the MAAC with a 9-15 record and a perfect 4-0 mark after winning a pair of matches last week. The Gaels have won five of their last six matches with the only loss coming against Seton Hall. Miki Hogg leads the Gaels with 329 kills while Beth Holly leads the team and the MAAC in assists per game, averaging 10.79 per game.
Hogg recorded a match-high 23 kills to lead the Gaels to a four-game victory over Loyola in last year's meeting at Reitz Arena. Hogg was one of four players to record double-digit kills. Three different Gaels recorded double-double efforts as well in the win. Christina Greenup had 16 kills to pace Loyola while Corb added 15 in the loss.
The Greyhounds conclude their three-match road trip on November 2 when they take on Lehigh before hosting Marist and Siena next weekend.