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Volleyball Opens Conference Play Saturday At Home

Sept. 16, 2010



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The Loyola University Maryland volleyball team opens conference play at home against Fairfield on Saturday and Iona on Sunday. Both matches begin at 2 p.m.

Scouting Fairfield
The Stags are currently 1-9 so far this season. The team is made up of three seniors, five juniors, three sophomores and two freshmen. Fairfield is led by Brianna Dixion who has 89 kills and averages 2.70 kills per set. Rachel Romansky leads the Stags on defense with 266 digs, averaging 8.06 digs a set, and Hayley Moyer has 21 blocks so far this season.

Scouting Iona
The Gaels are 6-4 entering conference play. They are led by Theresa Harbey who has 114 kills and averages 3.08 kills per set. She is followed by Colleen Genett who has 101 kills for a .311 hitting percentage, the best on the team, and leads the teams in blocks with 21. On defense, the Gaels are led by Alyssa Erickson with 359 digs and she has 9.97 digs per set.

Breaking Records
Nina Camaioni is 149 kills away from breaking the school record set by Becky Corb, who has 1,629 kills from 2002-2005. Camaioni holds the season school record with 539 kills, set last season. She also holds the school record digs in a match with 36 set in 2007.

Nicole Sarby MAAC Rookie of the Week
Sarby played in four matches during the week of September 6 and had 32 kills for a .291 hitting percentage. She also added 30 digs, for an average of 2.14 per set, and four assists. Sarby recorded six blocks during the week, including one solo block.
Her best match came against Delaware State, where she had a double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs, both career highs. She also had a career high in blocks with five.

Digging Away
In 12 matches so far this season, Brittany Born has a total of 163 digs, averaging 4.07 digs per set. So far in her four year career, Born has recorded 1,743 digs. She holds the school’s career record in digs, and it continues to grow. She also holds the school record in digs in a season with 626, set in 2007.

Born to Assist
Through the first 12 mathces of 2010, Aubrey Kirven has 386 assists, an average of 9.41 assists per set. She has a total of 1,588 assists in less than two full years at Loyola. Last season, Kirven had 1,202 assists. Kim Colavito holds the school record for career assists with 3,763 assists from 1990-1993.

Last Time Out
The Greyhounds lost to the Colonials, 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-20), on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Loyola was led by senior Nina Camaioni who recorded nine kills and seven digs. Sophomore Aubrey Kirven had 23 assists, and senior Brittany Born had 22 digs. The best hitting percentage for the team came in the third set when they hit .221.

Split Matches With Delaware State and Lehigh
The Greyhounds split their last two matches at the JMU Days Inn Invitational, beating Delaware State and losing to Lehigh. Against Delaware State, freshman Nicole Sarby had a double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs. She also had a .357 hitting percentage for the match.

Against Lehigh, senior Nina Camaioni finished with 17 kills and a .351 hitting percenatges. Sophomore Aubrey Kirven had 78 assists in the two matches, and she was named to the JMU Days Inn Invitational All-Tournament Team.

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.