Nov. 9, 2005
BALTIMORE, Md. - Coming off a pair of tough Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference losses over the weekend, the Greyhound volleyball team wraps up its home schedule on Thursday night against the U.S. Naval Academy at Reitz Arena beginning at 7:00 p.m. Loyola will conclude its season over the weekend with a pair of road MAAC matches at Canisius and Niagara.
Now 7-22 on the season, the Greyhounds have lost their last five matches and hold a six-match MAAC losing streak since winning the conference opener against Rider. Last weekend, Loyola suffered a three-game loss to Siena before dropping a tough four-game setback against Marist College.
Senior outside hitter Becky Corb continued her outstanding season in the Greyhounds' three matches last week with 54 kills. She tallied a match-high 23 kills in a loss to Lehigh on Wednesday before tallying 16 kills against Siena. In the four-game loss to Marist, Corb had 15 kills, which led the team. Corb has registered 10 or more kills in six straight matches and nine of her last 10 outings.
Freshman Rachel Schillinger also had a great week for Loyola. The team leader in hitting percentage, Schillinger had 28 kills in three matches against just seven attack errors for a .323 hitting mark. Against Siena, she had her second-best hitting performance with a. 571 hitting percentage when she converted eight kills with no attack errors in 14 attempts. She also had 11 kills against just three errors in the Greyhounds' loss to Lehigh on Wednesday night.
Corb continues to pace the Greyhound offense this season with 400 kills in 102 games played. She is the only Loyola player to have appeared in all 102 games this season and ranks sixth in the MAAC in kills per game with a 3.92 average. She needs just 11 kills in the final three matches to reach 1,600 for her career.
Freshman setter Marcellee Williams enters the final week of the season needing just 57 assists to reach 1,000 for her career. Ranked fourth in the MAAC, the Highland Ranch, Colorado native has averaged 9.43 assists per game this year. She has also tallied 90 kills and added 227 digs this season, which ranks third on the team. She recorded her team-leading 11th double-double of the year against Siena on Saturday afternoon.
Senior libero Jamie Arndt has recorded double-digit digs in her last five matches and in 14 of the last 15 outings. She averaged 18 digs per match last week, including a match-high 25 against Lehigh on Wednesday. She needs 66 digs in the final three matches to reach 500 for the season, a mark that has been reached by two other players in Loyola history. Megan McGuire set the record in 2003 with 540 digs, while current Loyola assistant coach Kristie Veith reached the mark during the 1996 season with 514 digs. Arndt has 1,125 digs in her college career.
The Midshipmen are 20-7 on the season after earning a hard-fought five-game win on Tuesday night against Delaware State, extending their win streak to five straight. Junior Megan Boyd set a school record with 13 total blocks, including 10 block assists, in the win over the Hornets. Senior Ashley Musser led the team with 18 kills while sophomore Rachel Dougherty chipped in 17 kills of her own. Musser also added 26 assists and 10 digs for her fifth triple-double of the season.
Musser leads the Mids with 313 kills and 710 assists while hitting .214 this season in 110 games. She is also one of six players with 100 or more digs. Jessie Sims leads Navy with 371 digs and also has 249 kills.
Navy holds a 25-8-1 advantage in the all-time series with Loyola, but the two teams have not met since the 2003 season. Thursday's match is also Navy's first trip to Evergreen since the 1998 season. The Mids handed Loyola a four-game loss in the last meeting on September 5, 2003 at the Trident Classic. Corb led the Greyhounds with 17 kills and eight digs, while Krystal Biegaj had a match-high 43 assists. Musser had 12 kills and 24 assists for Navy.
Thursday's match is the final home appearance for Loyola's four seniors. Corb, Biegaj, Arndt and Christine Lopez were honored on Sunday afternoon for their contributions to the Loyola program.
The Greyhounds travel to Canisius and Niagara this weekend to close the 2005 season.