Volleyball Wraps Up Regular Season Play

Nov. 9, 2010

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Opponent: Rider Broncs
When: Saturday, November 13
Where: Lawrenceville, N.J.
Time: 1 p.m.

Opponents: Manhattan Jaspers
When: Sunday, November 14
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 1 p.m.

The Loyola University Maryland women’s volleyball team wraps up the regular-season this weekend before competing at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., November 18-20. The Greyhounds compete this Saturday at Rider and against Manhattan, Sunday, at Reitz Arena for senior day. Both matches begin at 1 p.m.

Scouting Rider
The Broncs are 3-23, and 2-14 in the conference and are coming off a win at home against Saint Peter’s, 3-0, and a loss to Manhattan on the road, 3-0. Rider is led by Katelyn Thompson who has 216 kills and 159 digs. Kristy Love adds 158 kills and Amanda Piccolini has 658 assists. Elyse Grassmuck leads the defense with 322 digs. The Greyhounds defeated Rider, 3-0, at Reitz Arena on October 30.

Scouting Manhattan
The Jaspers are led by Diane Strutner who has 379 kills and 358 digs this season. Jaci Rahey has 257 kills and Jamie Collareta has 1,020 assists. Leading the defense is Julie Bies with 474 digs.Manhattan is 16-13 and 9-7 in the conference and is coming off a couple of home wins defeating Fairfield and Rider, 3-0. The Greyhounds lost to the Jaspers, 3-2, on the road. Manhattan will compete at Saint Peter’s Saturday before coming to Reitz Arena Sunday.

Breaking Records
Senior Nina Camaioni broke the school’s career kills record, set by Becky Corb from 2002-2005, on October 17. Camaioni has 1,712 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 4.05 average a set kills.

Digging Away
In 30 matches so far this season, Brittany Born has a total of 392 digs, averaging 3.73 digs per set. So far in her four-year career, Born has recorded 1,972 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 ninth in average digs a set with 3.64.

Born to Assist
Through the first 30 matches of 2010, Aubrey Kirven has 1,024 assists, an average of 9.57 assists per set to rank second in the conference. She joins the 2,000 assists club and has a total of 2,226 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 9.58 assists a set.

Lost To Fairfield
The Loyola University Maryland women’s volleyball team lost to Fairfield, 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-19), Sunday in Fairfield, Conn. Freshman Nicole Sarby led the way for the Greyhounds with six kills. Sophomores Taylor Koncelik and Jac Bullock each chipped in four kills. Sophomore Aubrey Kirven contributed with 18 assists and five digs.

Falls In Three
The Loyola University Maryland women’s volleyball team lost to Iona, 3-0 (25-19, 25-9, 25-22), in New Rochelle, N.Y., Friday. Senior Nina Camaioni had six kills and 16 digs for the Greyhounds. Sophomore Katie Dircks added four kills and 13 digs and Aubrey Kirven contributed with three kills and 18 assists.

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.

Nina Camaioni MAAC Offensive Player of the Week
Camaioni played in two matches for the week of October 25th 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.

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.