Volleyball Hits Road For Three Matches

Sept. 20, 2010

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Opponent: American Eagles
When: Wednesday, September 22
Where: Washington, D.C.
Time: 7 p.m.

Opponents: Canisius Golden Griffins
When: Saturday, September 25
Where: Buffalo, N.Y.
Time: 2 p.m.

Opponent: Niagara Purple Eagles
When: Sunday, September 26
Where: Niagara University, N.Y.
Time: 1 p.m.

The Loyola University Maryland volleyball team hits the road for three matches this week. First a non-conference match against American on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and then the Greyhounds will head to New York for two conference matches against Canisius on Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m., and Sunday at Niagara, starting at 1 p.m.

Scouting American
The Eagles are currently 10-2 with their only two loses coming against Georgetown and Oregon. American has five seniors, two juniors, three sophomores and four freshmen on their team this season. The Eagles are led by seniors Magdalena Tekiel who has 136 kills with a .357 hitting percentage and Angelina Waterman who has 132 kills.

Scouting Canisius
The Golden Griffins are 6-7 overall on the season and 2-0 in conference play. They are led by sophomore Samantha Good who has 124 kills with a.325 hitting percentage. Good also has a total of 44 blocks for the team. Canisius is made up of two seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen.

Scouting Niagara
The defending MAAC Champions, the Purple Eagles are 6-8 overall and 1-1 in conference play so far this season. Niagara has three seniors, five juniors, two sophomores and two freshman on its team. Sophomore Kari Honomichl leads the Purple Eagles with 119 kills and 11 total blocks. There are also led by sophomore Amanda Wilken who has 117 kills and 29 total blocks.

Breaking Records
Nina Camaioni is 157 kills away from breaking the school record set by Becky Corb, who had 1,629 kills from 2002-2005. Camaioni holds the season school record with 539 kills, set last season. She also holds the school record for digs in a match with 36 set in 2007. Camaioni is currently second in the MAAC with 3.78 kills per set.


Digging Away
In 14 matches so far this season, Brittany Born has a total of 184 digs, averaging 3.83 digs per set. So far in her four year career, Born has recorded 1,764 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 14 matches of 2010, Aubrey Kirven has 469 assists, an average of 9.57 assists per set, which currently fourth in the MAAC. She has a total of 1,671 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.

Comeback Falls Short
The Greyhounds lost to the Iona, 3-2 (22-25, 18-25, 29-27, 25-13, 10-15), Sunday afternoon in Reitz Arena. Leading the Greyhounds was senior Nina Camaioni who had a double-double with 23 kills and 12 digs. Camaioni also had a hitting percentage of .258. Sophomore Katie Dircks added 17 kills and 16 digs. Sophomore Aubrey Kirven had 56 assists and 15 digs while Brittney Born added 16 digs.

Fairfield Takes Conference Opener
The Greyhounds lost their conference home opener to Fairfield, 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-21). They were led by senior Nina Camaioni had 10 kills and seven digs and freshman Jac Bullock had eight kills with a .429 hitting percentage. Sophomore Aubrey Kirven had 27 assists for the match, and sophomore Katie Dircks had seven kills and eight digs. As a team, the Greyhounds had five blocks but seven serving errors.

George Washington Wins
The Loyola University Maryland volleyball team lost to George Washington, 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 it hit a .221.

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.

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.