Nov. 9, 2009
EDISON, N.J. - Freshman setter Aubrey Kirven received her second weekly award Monday, as announced by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Kirven was named MAAC Rookie of the Week after running an offense that out-hit, out-killed and out-scored opponents in Loyola's 1-1 weekend.
In 10 sets against Fairfield and Manhattan, Kirven amassed 112 assists for an average of 11.20 per set. She also totaled six kills, 17 digs, two blocks and a service ace over the weekend. Kirven averaged 11.20 assists per set and 1.70 digs per set.
Saturday against Fairfield, Kirven had a match-high 47 assists, seven digs and a pair of blocks. The following day, Kirven extended her career-high assist mark to 65, and had 10 digs to record her sixth double-double of the season. Kirven also assisted in Nina Camaioni's 31 kills that led to her breaking Loyola's single-season kill record.
Kirven ran a strong Loyola offense that posted some of the highest numbers of the season. The Greyhounds out-killed opponents 135-117, out-killed opponents .245-.238 and outscored opponents 159-145. Kirven also aided a defense that out-dug opponents 138-125. Loyola's 79 kills on .337 hitting Sunday against Manhattan were both season-high offensive marks for the Greyhounds.
The freshman out of Hartville, Ohio, has thrived in her first season as a Greyhound, despite the difficulties of playing a demanding and skilled position. Kirven has totaled 1,103 assists in all 114 of Loyola's sets for an average of 9.68 per set, third in the MAAC. In conference games, Kirven has averaged 10.31 assists per set.
She also has 31 blocks, 69 kills, 213 digs and is second on the team with 24 service aces.
Kirven's first award came after the second weekend of the season after helping Loyola to a runner-up finish in the Battle of Baltimore. Kirven tallied 146 assists over Loyola's four matches, with 41 coming in the Greyhounds' 3-1 upset win over Maryland.