Aug. 25, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. - Loyola College beat Norfolk State University and South Carolina State University on the second day of the North Carolina Central University Tournament to open the season with a four-match split at the event.
The Greyhounds' 2-2 mark at the season-opening tournament gives the team its best record after four matches in the tenure of fourth-year Head Coach Kristina Hernandez.
"This was a good start to the season for us," Hernandez said. "I thought that we played well, and we can definitely use this as something to build on."
Loyola opened the day with a 30-15, 30-17, 30-21 win over Norfolk State.
Freshman outside hitter Nina Camaioni hit .435 in the match and led all players with 12 kills. Sophomore setter Chrissey Cruz had 30 set assists, and freshman defensive specialist Brittany Born had a team-high 12 digs.
The Greyhounds hit .233 as a team, while holding the Spartans to .064.
North Carolina State University beat the Greyhounds in Saturday's second match. The Wolfpack won the first game 30-26, but Loyola rallied to tie the match at a game apiece with a 30-24 second-game victory. North Carolina State (3-1), however, closed out the match by winning the last two games, 30-23 and 30-20.
Sophomore Anastasia Collins matched her career-high, which she set Friday night against Campbell University, with 14 kills against the Wolfpack. She also added a career-best 13 digs and had four service aces.
Camaioni added 13 kills, and Born had 13 digs.
The Greyhounds closed the day with a three-game win over South Carolina State (0-4), 30-26, 30-19, 30-17.
Camaioni led all players with 16 digs, and Born had 11.
Over the course of the four-match tournament, Camaioni led the reyhounds with 44 kills and 44 digs. Collins had 39 kills, and Woodward added 31. Cruz dished out 134 assists, while Born had 39 digs.
Loyola travels to Philadelphia, Pa., next weekend for the LaSalle College Tournament. On Friday, the Greyhounds will play UMBC at 12 noon and Lafayette College at 4:30 p.m. Loyola takes on the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe St. Peter's College on Saturday at 10 a.m. in a non-conference, then plays the host Explorers at 2 p.m.