Nov. 14, 2009
BALTIMORE, Md. - Nina Camaioni made history Saturday afternoon at Reitz Arena, by reaching a season milestone that no other Loyola volleyball player had ever reached before. Camaioni totaled 19 kills to lead the Greyhounds to a 3-1 (25-27, 25-17, 25-13, 25-20) win over Rider, reaching her 500th of the season with kill No. 7, becoming the first player in program history to reach the 500-kill mark in one season.
Camaioni led the Greyhounds with her 19 kills on .348 hitting, and also added in two blocks, eight digs and a career-high seven service aces - three of which helped Loyola clinch the fourth set.
Katie Dircks hit .273 on the day and posted a double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs. Dircks also put up two blocks.
Karlee Woodward had a match-high five blocks, two solo, and hit .357 with eight kills. Brittany Born aided Woodward with the defense with a match-high 18 digs and missed just three passes in 23 serve receptions.
After dropping the first set, Loyola (14-18 overall, 9-8 MAAC) came back to absolutely dominate the Broncs (3-25 overall, 1-16 MAAC) in the next two, before coming from behind in the fourth. The Greyhounds took nine of the final 10 points in set four to clinch the match.
The Broncs played Loyola close in the first set and managed an early lead, but the Greyhounds came back to pull ahead in the middle. But Rider kept the pressure on, and the Greyhounds found themselves in trouble late in the set when a blocking error tied the game at 21-21. The Broncs then caught Loyola off guard, taking a late lead.
Down 24-22, Camaioni came back from a timeout with a kill down the right side. Loyola took two more to tie it up at 25, but Aubrey Kirven was called for a ball handling error and the Broncs put an end to the game with a block.
Woodward started set two off with a solo block on the Broncs' first attack, and followed up with two kills to contribute three of Loyola's first six points and helping the `Hounds to a 6-1 lead. Sloppy mistakes on the part of the Broncs and strong hitting by Katie Dircks and Woodsward helped Loyola build on that lead.
With Loyola ahead 16-10, Camaioni banged down the kill that made history. Now at 17-10, the Greyhounds rallied around their teammate and cruised to a 25-17 win to even up the match.
In the third, Woodward once again led the team to another early lead with two quick kills. At 7-3, Brittany Born aced a serve to put Loyola up by five and after siding out, Camaioni tacked on two more kills. When it looked like Rider was going to make a run, a block by Woodward and Dircks stymied the Broncs, effectively taking away the momentum.