Volleyball Opens MAAC Schedule At Iona, Manhattan

Sept. 17, 2008

Wins in the early going of the season are great, but the meat of the Loyola volleyball schedule begins this weekend when the Greyhounds open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play at Iona and Manhattan.

Head Coach Scott Pennewill and his team make their opening foray into league play on against the Gales on Saturday, September 20, at 12 p.m. Loyola then plays at Manhattan on Sunday at 2 p.m.

"It's a nice match to start the conference season with," Pennewill said. "To play a conference championship contender in the first match, it definitely adds an excitement level to start off well."

The Greyhounds are coming off a five-set win last Saturday against NJIT in the final match of the NJIT Invitational, one in which they were at full-strength for the first time during the season.

Setter Kristen Muscarella played the full match for the first time in 2008 after missing several matches due to injury.

Muscarella had 49 assists, and three Greyhounds hitters posted 13 or more kills, in the match.

"We are still finding ourselves offensively a bit," Pennewill said. "With Kristen getting healthy and seeing more time, we are definitely going to see improvement. We are going to be more consistent than we were in tournament play."

Against NJIT, the Greyhounds totaled 57 kills with Nina Camaioni's 17 leading the way. Karlee Woodward and Stasia Collins each added 13, while Rachel Schillinger and Nicole Scimeme added seven and six, respectively.

Camaioni also reached the 30-dig plateau for the fourth time in her career, recording 32 against the Highlanders, just four off the school record she set last season.

Iona enters the match on Saturday with a 6-3 record and defeating both La Salle and Hartford in a tri-match last weekend.

Sarah Weiner lead the Gaels with a 3.03 kills per set average, while Rachelle Wilson and Kendall Paulus are both averaging more than two kills per set. Allison Nieters paces Iona with 5.66 digs per set.

Manhattan, which will play two matches prior to facing the Greyhounds, is 0-6 early in the year. Sherryta Stokes tops the Jaspers with 2.82 kills per set.