Oct. 27, 2010
Opponent: Rider Broncs
When: Saturday, October 30
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 2 p.m.
Opponents: Saint Peter’s Peahens
When: Sunday, October 31
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 2 p.m.
The Loyola University Maryland women’s volleyball team returns home to compete Saturday and Sunday, against Rider and Saint Peter’s, respectively. Both matches begin at 2 p.m. The Greyhounds have six matches left this season before they compete at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Championships in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., November 18-20.
The Broncs are 1-21 this season, 0-12 in the conference. Rider is coming off losses to Fairfield, 3-1 and Siena, 3-0, last weekend on the road. This will be the first time that the Greyhounds will see the Broncs this season. Rider has one graduate student, four seniors, a junior, five sophomores and three freshmen on their team. They are led by Katelyn Thomson who has 187 kills and Amanda Piccolini has 537 assists. Leading the defense is Elyse Grassmick who has 259 digs.
Scouting Saint Peter’s
Saint Peter’s is coming off a couple of losses this weekend on the road to Niagara, 3-0, and Canisius, 3-1. The Peahens are 6-17 overall and 2-10 in the MAAC. Saint Peter’s lost at home to Loyola earlier this month, 3-1. The Peahens have six seniors, three sophomores and six freshmen. They are led by Stephanie Phillips who has 221 kills and Corey Haynes has 296 assists. Leading the defense is Katie McFadden with 419 digs.
Nina Camaioni MAAC Offensive Player of the Week
Camaioni played in two matches this weekend and helped Loyola to a couple of 3-0 wins to earn MAAC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time this season. She had a total of 33 kills with a .312 hitting percentage for the two matches. She also had two serving aces, 22 digs and four blocks.
Against Marist, she recorded a double-double with 16 kills and a .317 hitting percentage for the match. She also recorded 12 digs for the match and had three blocks, one being a solo block.
Versus Siena, Camaioni had another double-double with 17 kills and 10 digs. She had a .308 hitting percentage for the match with two serving aces and a block. The Greyhounds have never defeated the Saints twice in one season since the MAAC went to playing all nine teams twice in 2005.
Senior Nina Camaioni broke the school’s career kills record, set by Becky Corb from 2002-2005, on October 17. Camaioni has 1,669 kills so far this season eclipsing Corb’s old mark of 1,629. She 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 MAAC in conference matches with a 4.46 average a set kills.
In 26 matches so far this season, Brittany Born has a total of 345 digs, averaging 3.71 digs per set. So far in her four-year career, Born has recorded 1,925 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 seventh in average digs a set with 3.71.
Born to Assist
Through the first 26 matches of 2010, Aubrey Kirven has 915 assists, an average of 9.73 assists per set to rank second in the conference. She joins the 2,000 assists club and has a total of 2,117 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. Kirven ranks second in the MAAC conference matches with a 9.91 assists a set.
Defeats Siena In Three
The Loyola University Maryland women’s volleyball team defeated Siena, 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-15), Sunday on the road in Loudonville, N.Y. The Greyhounds (11-16, 5-7 MAAC) were led by senior Nina Camaioni who had a double-double with 17 kills and 10 digs. Camaioni had a .308 hitting percentage for the match.
Freshman Nicole Sarby had a big match for the Greyhounds with 13 kills and a .440 hitting percentage. She also added two blocks. Sophomore Aubrey Kirven had 39 assists and sophomore Katie Dircks had eight kills and eight digs. Senior Brittany Born contributed 17 digs, and freshman Simone Reid had three kills and four blocks.
Since the MAAC went to playing every team twice in 2005, Loyola had never swept Siena. The last time the Greyhounds defeated the Saints was last season when Loyola won, 3-1, at home.
Win On The Road In Three
The Loyola University Maryland women’s volleyball team defeated Marist on the road, 3-0 (25-18, 30-28, 25-16), Saturday in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Loyola was led by senior Nina Camaioni who had a double-double with 16 kills and 12 digs. She had a .317 hitting percentage for the match. Camaioni also recorded three blocks, including one solo block.
Freshman Jac Bullock had seven kills with a .455 hitting percentage and sophomore Aubrey Kirven had 28 assists for the match. Senior Brittany Born contributed 11 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.
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.
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.