Volleyball Looks To End Season On Positive Note

Nov. 11, 2005

BALTIMORE, Md. - Looking to end the 2005 season on a positive note, the Greyhound volleyball team wraps up its schedule this weekend with a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matches against Canisius and Niagara. Both matches are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. starts on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Now 7-23 on the season, the Greyhounds dropped their sixth straight decision on Thursday night with a four-game setback against the United States Naval Academy. After taking the first game by a 31-29 margin, Loyola lost three straight games in its home finale.

Playing in her final home match, senior outside hitter Becky Corb led the Greyhounds with a match-high 16 kills and 16 digs, marking the seventh straight match she has recorded double-digit kills. She also tallied her 1,600th career kill in the match against Navy. Meanwhile, freshman Rachel Schillinger added 12 kills in the loss while senior Christine Lopez had 11 kills and four block assists. Senior Jamie Arndt tallied a match-high 16 digs in her home finale.

Corb leads the Greyhounds with 416 kills this season and ranks among the MAAC leaders in kills per game (3.92). Arndt entered the week ranked third in the conference in digs per game and averages 4.69 digs per game after recording 16 against the Midshipmen. Schillinger leads the team in hitting percentage with a .264 mark after hitting .321 in the loss on Thursday.

Canisius is 8-16 on the season after dropping its fourth straight match last Saturday in a four-game setback against Niagara. The Golden Griffins have lost four straight for the second time this season.

Mary Boller leads the Golden Griffins with 332 kills and a .351 hitting percentage. Against Niagara last Saturday, she was one of three players to record 11 kills, joining Leigh Launhardt and Aislinn Hayes. Senior Lauren Lackovich ranks among the MAAC leaders by averaging 8.83 assists per game in 92 games this season.

The Greyhounds swept Canisius last season on Senior Day at Reitz Arena as Corb and Christina Greenup combined for 39 kills. Corb had a match-high 23 kills and a .333 hitting percentage while Arndt added a match-high 24 digs. Christina Wildes led the Golden Griffins in the loss with a team-high 18 kills.

Now 14-9 on the season and 4-3 in conference play, the Purple Eagles have won two of their last three matches, including the four-game win over Canisius last Saturday. In the race for a postseason bid, Niagara is currently in a tie with Saint Peter's for the final playoff spot. With wins over Rider and the Greyhounds this weekend, the Purple Eagles would receive at least the fourth seed in the conference tournament based on winning against Saint Peter's and Manhattan earlier this season.

Senior Stephanie Hopkins leads the Purple Eagles by averaging 4.88 kills per game while ranking second in digs per game (4.32). Meanwhile, fellow senior Erin Graham averages 2.96 kills per game and 3.60 digs per game. Senior Micole Daluisio, who entered the week ranked 29th in the country in digs per game (5.19), is also averaging 4.80 attacks per game in league matches. She also needs just 50 digs to set the school's single-season record, which stands at 446.

Niagara earned a hard-fought four-game win over the Greyhounds last season in Reitz Arena despite the Greyhounds having three players with double-digit kills. Corb led all players with 27 kills while Graham led Niagara with 25 kills. Despite the loss, Loyola still leads the all-time series by a 9-8 margin.