Aug. 28, 2010
TOLEDO, Ohio - The Loyola University Maryland volleyball team earned its first win of the season with a convincing 3-0 (26-24, 27-25, 25-17) sweep of Binghamton Saturday afternoon at the Rocket Classic. Earlier in the day, the squad fell to No. 12 Michigan, 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-14).
Katie Dircks (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville) and Nina Camaioni (Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown) helped the Greyhounds to the win over Binghamton with a pair of double-doubles. Dircks led Loyola with 17 kills and 10 digs, while Camaioni turned out 15 kills and 12 digs. Camaioni was also named to the Rocket Classic All-Tournament team for her performances in the three matches of the weekend.
Brittany Born (Ellicott City, Md./Archbishop Spalding) tied the team high in digs with 12 and Aubrey Kirven (Hartville, Ohio/Lake) had her best match of the season at setter with 38 assists. Nicole Sarby (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) also played a large role in the win, racking up 10 digs and five kills. Loyola edged Binghamton in nearly every statistical category to seal the win.
Loyola's season record stands at 1-2 after the day. Michigan moved to 2-0 after the win over Loyola and Binghamton dropped to 0-3.
Loyola built a quick lead against Binghamton in the first set of the match, but the Bearcats clawed back to tie the set at 8-8. The Greyhounds took the lead back but Binghamton worked to regain an advantage at 16-15. The lead changed hands but kills from Katie Dircks kept Loyola in the hunt down the stretch, and a Binghamton kill tied the set at 23-23 to prompt a timeout from the Greyhounds.
A Binghamton service error out of the timeout gave Loyola a 24-23 lead and a chance to put the set away. The Bearcats took a timeout of their own and recovered with a kill to knot the score, 24-24. Loyola would not break, however, taking the lead with a Katie Dircks kill and sealing the set, 26-24, via a block from Dircks and Taylor Koncelik (Batavia, Ill./Batavia). Dircks registered eight kills for Loyola in the first set.
The second set featured a tug-of-war for the lead through much of the frame. The set stood tied seven times before Loyola jumped ahead from an 11-11 tie thanks to kills from Katie Dircks and Nina Camaioni. A Dircks ace, Binghamton errors and several Nina Camaioni kills helped stretch the Greyhounds' lead to 18-12 before the Bearcats stopped the action with a timeout.
The breather gave Binghamton time to recover. The Bearcats then rallied to narrow the gap, trailing by one at 21-20. A 24-21 advantage for Loyola turned into 24-23, and the Greyhounds took a timeout. The two sides battled for the lead from 25-25, but an ace and kill from Dircks combined with a kill from Camaioni gave Loyola set two, 27-25.
The Greyhounds began the third set by racing to an 8-3 lead, which the team built to a 13-6 advantage thanks to a rally led by Camaioni, Dircks and Jac Bullock (Aubrey, Texas/Aubrey). Loyola continued to apply pressure with the offense and use Bearcat errors to extend the lead. Loyola turned a 15-9 lead into a score of 21-13, putting the set out of reach before sealing the set and match, 25-17.
Loyola began the day with a tough opponent in No. 12 Michigan. The Greyhounds held an early lead in the first set but the Wolverines broke a 12-12 deadlock and pulled away to take the set, 25-16.
Michigan jumped out to an early lead in the second set and, despite several Loyola attempts to narrow the gap, Michigan took the set, 25-15. The Wolverines would win the third and decisive set in similar fashion, 25-14.
Nicole Sarby paced Loyola with seven kills and five digs in the match. Nina Camaioni registered six kills and four digs, while Katie Dircks contribute five kills and five digs. Aubrey Kirven helped set up the Loyola offense with 19 assists.
Loyola takes the court next on Friday, Sept. 3, when the team heads to Catonsville, Md., for the Battle of Baltimore at UMBC. The Greyhounds will take on Morgan State at 3 p.m. and UMBC at 6 p.m.