Women's Volleyball Hosts Weekend Matches Against Marist and Siena

Oct. 20, 2009

This week: Marist and Siena

Marist Red Foxes (12-9 overall, 6-4 MAAC)
Loyola Greyhounds (10-15 overall, 5-5 MAAC)
When: Saturday, October 24
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 8 p.m.

Siena Saints (8-11 overall, 6-4 MAAC)
Loyola Greyhounds (10-15 overall, 5-5 MAAC)
When: Sunday, October 25
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 2 p.m.

Starting off
After falling in four straight matches, the Greyhounds bounced back last weekend with a 3-0 road sweep over Iona. Nina Camaioni went errorless in 35 attempts against the Gaels, pacing the Greyhounds' offense with 16 kills. Coupled with her 14 digs, Camaioni extended her streak of consecutive double-doubles to nine games. This weekend's slate includes a pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matches against Marist and Siena. Both opponents come into the weekend matches at Reitz Arena 6-4 in the conference, tied for fourth place.

Red Foxes: Take Two
The last time around, Marist took Loyola into five sets and eventually fell to the Greyhounds in Poughkeepsie. Camaioni tallied what was then a season- and career-high 25 kills on .327 hitting and also added in a pair of aces, five digs and two blocks (one solo). Karlee Woodward hit her 1,000th kill and was one block shy of matching her season-high mark of six. Katie Dircks hit .370 against the Red Foxes and had 14 kills, nine digs and two blocks. Marists' Lindsey Schmid, Joanna Foss and Alexandra Schultze combined for 47 of the Red Foxes' 60 kills and no other Marist hitter had double-digit kills numbers.

Saints: Take Two
Loyola opened MAAC play with a 3-0 loss in Loudonville earlier this season. Siena managed to somewhat neutralize Camaioni's offense, as she had just 13 kills and eight errors in 41 swings. Dircks and Woodward had eight and nine kills each and Woodward totaled a season-high six blocks (two solo). Burgandy McCurty, the nation's leader in kills per set (5.34) finished with 19 kills and three blocks. The Greyhounds couldn't figure out Aubrey Bobo who had 12 kills on .407 hitting and 16 digs. Siena was an early conference favorite, along with first place Fairfield, but losses to Marist, Fairfield and Manhattan have left the Saints struggling to stay in the top four.

Leading the Way
This week's NCAA stats report had Camaioni's kills-per-set average ranked at No. 18. Camaioni has recorded 403 kills in 91 sets for an average of 4.43 per set. Her total far surpasses anyone else's mark in the MAAC and her average is second best behind Siena's McCurty (379 total, 5.34). The junior outside hitter is the only Greyhound to go 3-for-3 in all-tournament teams, having been named to the Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational, the Battle of Baltimore and the Duke Invitational all-tournament teams and was also named MAAC Offensive Player of the Week on September 8.

1,000 Kill Club
Karlee Woodward's nine kills against Marist on September 20 put her over the 1,000 kill mark. The senior middle blocker from Scottsdale, Ariz., was honored for the accomplishment before Loyola took on Canisius at Reitz Arena with the game ball.

Born to Dig
Two weeks ago, junior libero Brittany Born broke Loyola's all-time dig record after putting up 18 against Manhattan. Born's 18 put her career total at 1,383, surpassing Maguire's mark of 1,381 by two. As a freshman in 2007, Born totaled 626 to grab Loyola's single-season dig record. Junior outside hitter Nina Camaioni holds the single-match record of 36.

Studly Setter
Freshman setter Aubrey Kirven is third in the MAAC with 9.41 assists per game and an even higher 10.15 mark in conference matches. The multitalented setter also leads the team (along with Camaioni) with 22 service aces, is fourth on the team with 22 blocks, and has also chipped in 183 digs and 55 kills. With 146 assists in the Battle of Baltimore, Kirven was named to her first collegiate all-tournament team as well as named MAAC Rookie of the Week.

Carolina on my Mind
For Loyola's third and final non-conference tournament, the Greyhounds faced what will be arguably the toughest test of the season, as they took on No. 1-ranked Penn State at the Duke Invitational in Durham, N.C. After a Friday night match against the two-time defending national champions, Loyola faced the Blue Devils and College of Charleston at the storied Cameron Indoor Stadium

The Returning Half
Loyola returned six letterwinners this season, three of them being full-time starters. All together, the Greyhounds return 553 sets played, 664 kills, 847 assists, 1,446 digs and 191 blocks.