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Greyhounds Host Siena, Marist in MAAC Volleyball Action

Sept. 17, 2007

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Back at Home: The Greyhounds return to Reitz Arena for the first time since September 4 when they host George Washington on Tuesday, September 18 at 7 p.m. The match starts a four-match homestand for Loyola, which hosts Siena on Saturday, September 22, at 2 p.m., and Marist on Sunday, September 23, at 2 p.m.

Starting Strong: Loyola opened its 2007 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference schedule with a pair of wins during its swing through the Buffalo area. The Greyhounds defeated Niagara, 3-2, and Canisius, 3-1. The 2-0 start is the Greyhounds first in MAAC play since 2002 when they finished third in the conference. Loyola is tied for first in the MAAC with Siena and Iona.

Sweep Numbers: The two-match sweep of Niagara and Canisius was the first time Loyola has taken both matches on a MAAC weekend since 2002. It is also the first time the Greyhounds have defeated both the Purple Eagles and the Golden Griffins on the road since 1999.

By the Percentages: The Greyhounds' success last weekend could be seen in their hitting percentages. Loyola hit in negative numbers, with more errors than kills, in each of the three games it lost. The Greyhounds, however, hit at least .109 in the games they won.

This and That: The Greyhounds posted five blocks in the deciding fifth game against Canisius... Rachel Schillinger's seven blocks against Niagara were a season-high... Brittany Born set a career-high for digs on Saturday at Niagara with 33.... Nina Camaioni had a career-high 23 digs at Canisius...Chrissey Cruz had double-doubles in both matches (assists and digs).

The Colonials: George Washington enters Tuesday's match at 7-6 and on a two-match winning streak after defeating Hartford (3-1) and Howard (3-0). Janine Brown leads the team with a 4.38 kills per game average and 3.86 digs per game. Liz Moult contributes 2.94 kills per game.

The Saints: Siena is 7-3 overall, 2-0 in the MAAC, and on six-match winning streak. The Saints defeated Fairfield (3-0) and St. Peter's (3-0) on the first weekend of MAAC play. Three Siena players -- Nadiege Honore (3.88), Burgandy McCurty (3.61) and Aubrey Bobo (3.53) -- average more than three kills per game.

The Red Foxes: Marist is 5-6, 1-1, entering the weekend of competition. The Red Foxes opened MAAC play with a 3-1 defeat of Manhattan and a 3-1 loss to St. Peter's. Alexandra Schultze is the team leader with 4.26 kills per game, and Emily Brosky leads the team with 3.52 digs.

# 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 4.56 digs per game average.
- Set a career-high with 33 digs at Niagara (9/15), the most by a Loyola player since Kimi Gabriel had 35 on 10/1/06 against Marist.
- Previous season-high was 27 digs against both La Salle (9/1) and Towson (9/4).
- Six set assists against Lafayette (8/31).

# 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).
- Season-high 24 digs at Niagara (9/15). Previous season-high was 22 against Lafayette (8/31).
- 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.
- Has posted seven double-doubles in assists and digs this year.
- Has recorded 53 assists twice this season, against La Salle (9/1) and Holy Cross (9/8).
- Averaging 10.0 assists per game with 560 in 56 games.
- Season-high eight kills at La Salle (9/1).
- Started all 36 matches last year, leading the team with 1,186 assists.
- Earned All-Tournament honors at the 2006 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).
- 12 or more kills in eight of the last nine matches.
- Hit above .500 in back-to-back, Hartford (9/7) and Holy Cross (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.

# 13 - Christina Greenup - Jr. - OH
Malibu, Calif. - Louisville

- Returned to the Loyola lineup as a starting outside hitter on 9/8.
- Had 13 kills in her first match back (at Holy Cross, 9/8).
- Had 10 kills and a season-high 12 digs at Niagara (9/15).

# 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.

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

- Put away a season-high seven blocks, all assists, at Niagara (9/16) to go with 12 kills.
- 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).

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

- Season-high 23 digs at Canisius (9/16).
- 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

- Second on the team with 39 kills (2.60 per game) at the North Carolina Central Tournament.
- 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).
- Notched career-high with five total blocks against Holy Cross (9/8).
- Had double-doubles against both Niagara (9/15) and Canisius (9/16) with 11 kills and 15 digs and 10 kills and 13 digs, respectively.