Volleyball Competes Against Siena and Marist

Oct. 1, 2010

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Opponents: Siena Saints
When: Saturday, October 2
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 2 p.m.

Opponent: Marist Red Foxes
When: Sunday, October 3
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 2 p.m.

The Loyola University Maryland volleyball team will play two conference matches against Siena and Marist, Saturday and Sunday, at Reitz Arena. Both matches start at 2 p.m.

“We are going need to gain some ground on these two teams,” said Head Coach Scott Pennewill. “We need to find out what kind of team we have against better competition. We still think that is evolving for us.”

The Saints are 3-10 this season and 2-2 in conference play. Taylor Akana leads the way for Siena with 129 kills. Lesli Akeo recorded 208 digs and Elizabeth Ives has 358 assists, recording 8.73 a set. Siena has five seniors, eight sophomores and three freshmen.

Last weekend, the Saints split their conference matches at home against Saint Peter’s and Fairfield. On September 25th, Siena defeated the Peahens, 3-0, and the next day lost to the Stags, 3-0.

Leading the way for the Red Foxes (7-9, 2-2 MAAC) is Grace Hill who has 217 kills with a .242 hitting percentage; she also had 137 digs. Hanna Stoiberg has 345 assists averaging 6.39 assists per set. Marist has five seniors, two juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen.

“Marist is on the upward swing in there whole journey,” said Pennewill. “They have added a very nice group of freshman, one of those being an outside hitter. So they added a little more quality.”

Marist will play at Fairfield on Saturday before coming to Loyola on Sunday. The Red Foxes are coming off two wins last weekend. On September 25th, Marist defeated Iona on the road, 3-0, and beat Saint Peter’s at home, 3-0.

Last year, the Greyhounds split with the Saints, losing on the road, 3-0, and winning at home, 3-1. Against Marist, Loyola lost at home, 3-0, and won on the road, 3-2.

“Both of those teams, we split with this past season,” added Pennewill. “It’s there for anybody who wants to just do a little more when it counts.”

Breaking Records
Nina Camaioni is 105 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 year. 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 18 matches so far this season, Brittany Born has a total of 235 digs, averaging 3.79 digs per set. So far in her four-year career, Born has recorded 1,815 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 18 matches of 2010, Aubrey Kirven has 603 assists, an average of 9.57 assists per set, which currently fourth in the MAAC. She has a total of 1,805 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.

Break Six Match Losing Streak
The Greyhounds broke a six match losing streak with a win over Howard University, 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-20), Wednesday night. Leading the way for the Greyhounds was senior Nina Camaioni who recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 11 digs. She had a .500 hitting percentage for the match. Sophomore Aubrey Kirven contributed 36 assists.

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.