Volleyball Home Against Niagara And Canisius

Oct. 13, 2010

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Opponent: Niagara Purple Eagles
When: Saturday, October 16
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 2 p.m.

Opponents: Canisius Golden Griffins
When: Sunday, October 17
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 2 p.m.

The Loyola University Maryland women's volleyball team will compete at Reitz Arena, Saturday and Sunday, against Niagara and Canisius, respectively. Both matches begin at 2 p.m. The Greyhounds have 10 matches left this season before they compete at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Championships in Lake Buena, Fla., November 18-20.


Scouting Niagara
The Purple Eagles are on a six match winning streak and are 12-8 overall, 7-1 in conference with their only loss coming on the road against Siena, 3-1. Niagara defeated the Greyhounds earlier this season, 3-0. The Purple Eagles have three seniors, five juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen. Niagara is led by Kari Honomichl who has 169 kills and Hannah Hedrick who has 164 kills. Michelle James has 710 assists and Sam Morgan leads the defense with 359 digs.

Scouting Canisius
The Golden Griffins are 10-10 overall and 6-2 in conference. They are coming off a loss at home against Iona, 3-2, last weekend. Their only other conference loss is Saint Peter's who won at home, 3-1. Canisius defeated Loyola earlier this season, 3-2. The Golden Griffins have two seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen. Canisius is led by Samantha Good who has 226 kills, Janelle Davis has 446 assists and Allyson Severyn leads the defense with 346 digs.

Breaking Records
Nina Camaioni is 14 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 ranks second in the conference in kills with a 4.34 average a set.

Digging Away
In 22 matches so far this season, Brittany Born has a total of 298 digs, averaging 3.68 digs per set. So far in her four-year career, Born has recorded 1,878 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. In the conference, Born ranks eighth in average digs a set with 3.46.

Born to Assist
Through the first 22 matches of 2010, Aubrey Kirven has 788 assists, an average of 9.61 assists per set to rank second in the conference. She has a total of 1,990 assists (10 away from 2,000) 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. Kirven ranks third in the conference in assists a set with a 9.69.

Manhattan Wins In Five
The Loyola University Maryland women's volleyball team came back from being down 2-0 to lose to Manhattan, 3-2 (25-22, 25-19, 18-25, 23-25, 15-12), Sunday in Riverdale, N.Y. Senior Nina Camaioni had a double-double with 20 kills and 26 assists. Sophomore Aubrey Kirven had a double-double with 52 assists, 14 digs and three blocks.

Freshman Nicole Sarby recorded 16 kills for a .306 hitting percentage. Sophomore Katie Dircks had nine kills and five digs and freshman Jac Bullock had 10 blocks and five kills.

Win In Four
The Loyola University Maryland women's volleyball team defeated Saint Peter's, 3-1, (25-17, 25-9, 21-25, 25-18), Saturday in Jersey City, N.J. Loyola had three Greyhounds with double digit kills. Senior Nina Camaioni had a double-double with 24 kills and 12 digs. She had a .388 hitting percentage for the match.

Sophomore Aubrey Kirven had a double-double with 44 assists and 10 digs. Sophomore Katie Dircks added 12 kills and nine digs and freshman Nicole Sarby had 10 kills and seven digs. Senior Brittany Born contributed 16 digs.

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.

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. Camaioni did not make the final round.

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.

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.