Home Opener for Volleyball Wednesday Against George Mason

Sept. 7, 2010

Opponent: George Mason Patriots
When: Wednesday, September 8
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 7 p.m.

Opponents: James Madison Dukes
When: Friday, September 10
Where: Harrisonburg, Va.
Time: 7 p.m.

Opponents: Lehigh Mountain Hawks
When: Saturday, September 11
Where: Harrisonburg, Va.
Time: 10 a.m.

Opponents: Delaware State Hornets
When: Saturday, September 11
Where: Harrisonburg, Va.
Time: 5 p.m.

The Loyola University Maryland volleyball team will compete at home against George Mason Wednesday, September 8, at 7 p.m. before heading to the JMU Days Inn Invitational in Harrisonburg, Va., on Friday and Saturday, September 10-11.

“Tomorrow’s match we want to take a step forward in our development,” said Head Coach Scott Pennewill. “We are playing a very good team, and we compete consistently at the beginning, middle and end of each set as well at the match. One of the things we learned this past weekend is when there is an opportunity to finish at the end that is when we need to be playing our best ball.

“The weekend’s tournament at James Madison is going to be at least from our stabs eyes a very even level of competition. If we stay focus on doing the little things well -- attention to detail -- we should be able to fair pretty well.”

Scouting the Patriots
George Mason has 227 kills for an average of 11.4 kills per set. The Patriots, who are 3-3 to start the season, have four freshmen, three sophomores, four juniors and two seniors on their team this year and are led by Holly Goode who had 60 kills with a 3.00 kills per set average.

Scouting the Dukes
James Madison is a team filled with three freshman, five sophomores, three juniors and four seniors. As a team, the Dukes has 262 kills this season for an average of 13.1 kills per set. The Dukes, 4-2, are led by sophomore Danielle Erb who has 81 kills with 4.05 kills per set ratio.

Scouting the Hawks
Lehigh as a team is young with six freshman, two sophomores and four juniors. As a team, they have had 304 kills with an average of 11.3 kills per set. The Hawks, 3-4, are led by Angelika Kopacz who has 85 kills with a 3.15 kills per set average.

Scouting the Hornets
Delaware State has five freshman, four juniors and five seasons this season. The Hornets has 317 kills for 11.7 kills per set and are led by Ashley Herman. She has 61 kills for 2.26 kills per set. Close behind her is Sarah Wheatcroft who has 56 kills with a 2.15 kills per set mark.

Second at Battle of Baltimore
 The Greyhounds split the final day of the Battle of Baltimore, beating Coppin State, 3-1 (11-25, 25-17, 25-14, 25-18), and losing to Towson, 3-0 (27-25, 25-17, 25-23). Nina Camaioni recorded 26 kills and 20 digs for the final two matches; Camaioni was named All-Tournament Team. Katie Dircks had 22 kills, and Aubrey Kirven had 61 assists on Saturday.

Winning Two
Loyola University Maryland defeated Morgan State, 3-1 (25-14, 23-25, 25-14, 25-15) and UMBC, 3-0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-23), on the first day of the Battle of Baltimore. Senior Nina Camaioni had 27 kills and 13 digs in the two matches. Katie Dircks put away 23 kills and had 16 digs, while Aubrey Kirven 68 assists in the two matches.

First Win
Loyola University Maryland had a convincing sweep over Binghamton at the Rocket Classic to win, 3-0 (26-24, 27-25, 25-17). Katie Dircks and Nina Camaioni 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.

Loss to No. 12 Michigan
At the Rocket Classic, Loyola fell to No. 12 Michigan 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-14). Nicole Sarby paced Loyola with seven kills and five digs in the match. Nina Camaioni registered six kills and four. Aubrey Kirven helped set up the Loyola offense with 19 assists.

Lost Season Opener
At the Rocket Classic, Loyola fell to Toledo, 3-1 (25-14, 23-25, 16-25, 13-25), although outside hitter Nina Camaioni had a strong double-double effort with 17 kills and 13 digs. Brittany Born led the Greyhounds in digs with 19 and Katie Dircks had eight kills and 17 digs. Setter Aubrey Kirven had 32 assists and eight digs.

Camaioni Named Candidate For Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award
Senior outside hitter Nina Camaioni has been named a candidate for the inaugural Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Camaioni is one of 30 candidates for the nationwide award that honors senior student-athletes who have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

Off the court, Camaioni's honors shine just as bright. She has maintained a 3.83 grade point average during her first three years as a Greyhound, and she was named to the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District II Second Team for her academic excellence. Camaioni is on pace to graduate in May with her degree in global studies, an interdisciplinary major that combines studies of history, economics, sociology and political science.

Camaioni Named MAAC Co-Preseason Player of the Year
Senior Nina Camaioni was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Co-Preseason Player of the Year. This was the first Preseason Player of the Year selection and second Preseason All-MAAC Team honors for Camaioni. She was named to the All-MAAC First team after the end last season.