Volleyball Returns Home To Face Siena, Marist

Nov. 4, 2005

BALTIMORE, Md. - Coming off a tough four-game loss to Lehigh University on Wednesday night, the Greyhound volleyball team returns to Reitz Arena this weekend to start a three-match homestand with a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contests. The Greyhounds will entertain Siena College on Saturday at noon before hosting Marist College on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

Now 7-20 on the season, the Greyhounds dropped their third straight match to the Mountain Hawks on Wednesday at Leeman-Turner Arena. Loyola, which has not won since a three-game sweep over UMES on October 26, has five matches remaining in the regular season. After this weekend's play, the Greyhounds will host the United States Naval Academy on Thursday night before ending the regular season next weekend at Canisius and Niagara.

Senior outside hitter Becky Corb led the Greyhounds in the loss to Lehigh on Wednesday with a match-high 23 kills and 20 digs. She recorded 10 of her kills during the fourth game as Lehigh ended the match with a marathon 42-40 victory. It was the sixth time this season Corb has registered 20 or more kills and the fourth time she has tallied 20 digs.

Freshman Rachel Schillinger recorded 11 kills and four digs while junior Blair Snyder added 10 kills to go with eight digs. Senior libero Jamie Arndt amassed a match-high 25 digs in the loss while freshman Marcellee Williams tallied her team-leading 10th double-double effort of the year by matching a career-high with 53 assists and adding 13 digs.

Corb is the team's offensive leader and ranks seventh in the MAAC in kills per game with a 3.80 average. Last week against UMES, she became the second player in Loyola volleyball history to record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. In addition, she also recorded the 1,500th kill of her college career in the three-game win. She also ranks second on the team with 240 digs and a team-high 38 aces.

Arndt ranks third in the MAAC in digs per game and entered the week averaging 4.69 per game. Williams is fourth in the conference in assists per game and has recorded 869 assists after her 53-assist outing on Wednesday night.

Siena is now 14-11 on the season and has won three straight matches following an exciting five-game victory over Canisius College on Sunday afternoon. After losing two of the first three games, the Saints rallied to take the victory by recording a 30-26 victory in the fourth game before clinching the win with a 15-12 decision in the final stanza. Nadiege Honore led four players with double-digit kills by recording a match-high 20 kills to go with 11 digs. Junior outside hitter Christie Gustafson added 16 kills and a match-high 22 digs while freshman setter April London recorded a triple-double with 52 assists, 13 digs and 10 kills.

Honore leads the Saints in kills with 338 and entered the week ranked sixth in the conference in kills per game, averaging 3.84 per game. London ranks second in the conference in assists per game, averaging 10.14 per game. Her 933 total assists are the most by any player in the conference. Senior middle blocker Liz Hubbard ranks among the conference leaders in hitting percentage, converting on 30.0 per cent of her attacks.

The Saints defeated the Greyhounds in the season finale last year with a four-game victory at the Alumni Recreation Center. Corb led the Greyhounds with a match-high 19 kills while Christine Lopez added 17 kills and hit .464 in the match. Setter Krystal Biegaj recorded a double-double with 55 assists and 12 digs while Arndt recorded a career-high 32 digs in the loss. Senior Diana Wierzba recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 15 digs while Gustafson and Hubbard each added 12 kills.

Marist has a 7-17 record following a three-game victory over the University of Hartford on Tuesday evening and will face Rider on Saturday before taking on the Greyhounds. The win over the Hawks was the Red Foxes' second in the last three matches following a six-match losing skid. Junior Sally Hanson led Marist to the victory by tallying 12 kills with just three attack errors while classmate Jaime Kenworthy had 11 kills and hit .360 in the match. Senior libero Katie Lux recorded a match-high 20 digs in the win.

Hanson leads the conference in hitting percentage with a .398 success rate on her attacks. Lux is the team's leader with 314 digs and entered the week ranked among the league leaders in digs per game (3.69). Senior setter Meghan Cochrane ranks seventh in the MAAC in assists per game, averaging 8.51 per game. She also has a team-leading 27 service aces.

The Greyhounds won last year's meeting against Marist in a five-game thriller in the final weekend of the season. Corb and sophomore Christina Greenup each recorded 24 kills in the win over Marist while Snyder added 12 kills and Arndt had a match-high 23 digs for the Greyhounds. Kenworthy had a career-high 25 kills and hit .327 for the Red Foxes while Amy Gillespie had 22 kills and 15 digs.

Loyola will wrap up its three-match homestand on Thursday night when the Greyhounds host Navy at 7:00 p.m. The Greyhounds end the regular season next weekend at Canisius and Niagara.