Volleyball Opens Conference Schedule Against Niagara, Canisius

Sept. 10, 2007

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First MAAC Weekend: The Greyhounds hit the road again this weekend, but for the first time in 2007, they will not be traveling to a tournament... Loyola opens Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action with a swing through the Buffalo area for matches against Niagara and Canisius... The Greyhounds face the Purple Eagles on Saturday, September 15, at 2 p.m., then take on the Golden Griffins on Sunday, September 16, at 2 p.m.

A Good Sign: Loyola is at the .500 mark after 12 games for the first time since 2002. That season was the last time the Greyhounds finished with a winning record (18-16).

The Purple Eagles: Niagara will enter Saturday's match with a 2-7 record after going 0-2 against Cornell and Bucknell at last weekend's Cornell Tournament. The Purple Eagles picked up their second win of the season on Sept. 5 with a five-game win over Buffalo. Raelean Rush and Maurin Lawrence led Niagara in that match with 18 and 17 kills, respectively. Mallory Boron dished out 52 assists, and Rush had 18 digs.

The Golden Griffins: Canisius is 1-9 in 2007 entering the week of Sept. 10 after losing all three of its matches at the Golden Flash Invitational, hosted by Kent State. Michella Domo leads the team with a 3.31 kills per game mark, while Michelle Godfrey averages 1.83 kills and 1.03 blocks per game.

Looking Back: Loyola split four matches last week, losing its home opener to Towson in four, then going 2-1 at the Crusader Classic. The Greyhounds fell to Hartford in four, then defeated host Holy Cross in five and Coppin State in three. Woodward had at least four blocks in each match and put down six in the Coppin State contest. Camaioni, Woodward and Schillinger all registered at least 10 kills in the Towson, Hartford and Holy Cross matches.

All-Tournament Honors: Karlee Woodward and Nina Camaioni each were named to the All-Tournament Team at the Crusader Classic after they averaged 3.0 and 2.91 kills per game. Woodward hit .411 in the three matches with only eight errors in 48 attempts.

Back In Action: Christina Greenup returned to the Loyola lineup for the first time this season, starting against both Holy Cross and Coppin State. She hit. .245 for the weekend, logging 13 kills against the Crusaders and seven against the Eagles.

Head Coach Kristina Hernandez: In her four season at Loyola, Hernandez has compiled a 33-75 record... A 2003 graduate of North Carolina A&T, Hernandez remains one of the youngest coaches at the NCAA Division I level and has been very active in coaching at the national levels.

# 1 - Brittany Born - Fr. - LIB/DS
Ellicott City, Md. - Archbishop Spalding

- Has served as the team's libero in most matches this year.
- Leads the team with a 4.28 digs per game average.
- Season-high 27 digs against Towson (9/4).
- Recorded dig totals of 19, 20, 18 and 27 at the La Salle Tournament against UMBC, Lafayette, Saint Peter's and La Salle, respectively.
- Then-season-high 15 digs against North Carolina State (8/25) and had 12 in the Norfolk State (8/25) match.

# 2 - Kimi Gabriel - So. - LIB/DS
Richmond, Calif. - Salesian

- Had match-high 19 digs in season-opener against Campbell (8/24).
- Led the team with 16 digs against Hartford (9/7).
- Recorded 18 digs versus Lafayette (8/31) and 15 at La Salle (9/1).
- Played in 108 games, 30 matches, as a freshman in 2006 and was second on team with 399 digs.
- Career-high 35 digs came against Marist (10/1/06).

# 4 - Maddie Fuller - Jr. - OH/RS
Dallas, Texas - Highland Park

- Had a season-high eight kills and seven digs against Lafayette (8/31). Also assisted on three blocks.
- Logged five kills against both Norfolk State and North Carolina State (both 8/25). Also had five digs and three service aces against the Wolfpack. Hit .400 against Norfolk State.
- Saw action in 33 matches, starting four, as a sophomore. Led the team with 17 kills and 13 digs in the MAAC Tournament.
- Closed her sophomore season with three 13-plus kill performances in the tournament.

# 5 - Kristen Muscarella - So. - S
Garden City, N.Y. - Garden City

- Saw action at setter against Coppin State and had a career-high seven set assists.

# 8 - Jordan Sickman - Fr. - MB/RS
Chandler, Ariz. - Corona del Sol

- Played in her first collegiate game against Coppin State (9/8) and recorded two kills in six attempts.

# 10 - Nicole Scimeme - So. - OH
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Ward Melville

- Finished the Hartford match (9/7) with two kills and three digs.
- Saw first action of the season at the La Salle Tournament.

# 11 - Chrissey Cruz - So. - S
Harlingen, Texas - Harlingen South

- Starting setter for the Greyhounds.
- Had 166 assists, 10.38 per game, at the La Salle Invitational.
- Has recorded 53 assists twice this season, against La Salle (9/1) and Holy Cross (9/8).
- Dished out 135 assists, 9.00 per game, in four matches to open the season at the North Carolina Central Tournament.
- Started all 36 matches last year, leading the team with 1,186 assists.- Earned All-Tournament honors at the MAAC Championships.

# 12 - Karlee Woodward - So. - MB
Scottsdale, Ariz. - Chaparral

- Earned All-Tournament Honors at the Crusader Classic.
- Hit. 411 in three matches with 36 kills and only eight errors in 68 attempts.
- Four or more blocks in five-straight matches (9/1-8). Four-plus blocks in eight of 12 matches this year.
- Had five total blocks against Lafayette (8/31) and La Salle (9/1).
- Six straight matches with 12-plus kills from 8/31-9/8.
- Made 34 starts and saw time in all 36 matches as a freshman in 2006.
Second on the team with 346 kills and led the squad with 155 blocks.

# 14 - Rachel Schillinger - Jr. - MB
Wexford, Pa. - North Allegheny

- Had 12 kills and six block assists versus Holy Cross (9/8).
- Named to the All-Tournament Team at the La Salle Invitational after finishing with a .320 hitting mark. Had 40 kills and only 8 errors.- Season-high 16 kills against Lafayette (8/31).
- Finished the La Salle match with 12 kills and only one error (9/1).
- Had four total blocks against Saint Peter's (9/1) and UMBC (8/31).
- Registered six blocks, three solo, against South Carolina State (8/25). Also had 10 kills against the Bulldogs.

# 16 - Samantha Greenbaum - Jr. - DS
Maple Glen, Pa. - Upper Dublin

- Saw action in three matches, six games, at the North Carolina Central Tournament. Finished with two digs and a kill.

# 18 - Nina Camaioni - Fr. - OH
Williamstown, N.J. - Williamstown

- Earned All-Tournament honors at the Crusader Classic, finishing with 2.91 kills per game and a .185 hitting mark.
- Had 17 kills against Towson (9/4) to tie her career high. Also had 17 digs against the Tigers.
- Solid performance in first collegiate tournament, finishing the North Carolina Central Tournament with team-highs in kills (44) and digs (46). Also had nine aces.
- Put up 13 kills and 11 digs against Campbell (8/24).
- Registered 17 kills against both Saint Peter's and La Salle (both 9/1).
- Also had season-high 18 digs against La Salle.

23 - Joanne Schurtz - So. - OH
Fanwood, N.J. - Union Catholic

- Saw the first extended playing time of her collegiate career at the season-opening tournament. Started two, and appeared in all four, of the matches.
- Had seven kills against Campbell (8/24).
- Set career-high with eight kills at La Salle (9/1).
- Registered seven digs against South Carolina State (8/25) and five versus Campbell.

# 25 - Kelly Nevin - So. - RS/MB
Hampstead, Md. - Mount de Sales Academy

- Hit .429 with three kills and zero errors in seven attempts against South Carolina State (8/25).
- Also had a set assist and a block assist against the Bulldogs.

# 38 - Anastasia Collins - So. - OH
Jeffersonville, Pa. - Villa Maria Academy

- After not playing in the front row during her freshman season, started all four matches at the North Carolina Central Tournament.
- Second on the team with 39 kills (2.60 per game) at the event.
- Tallied 14 kills and a .323 hitting percentage in the first match against Campbell (8/24). Also had five aces and was in on three blocks versus the Camels.
- Went for 14 kills and 13 digs, the first double-double of her collegiate career, against North Carolina State (8/25).
- Put away 13 kills against both Saint Peter's and La Salle (both 9/1).
- Notched career-high with five total blocks against Holy Cross (9/8).