Women's Volleyball Closes Out Season With Rider, Saint Peter's

Nov. 11, 2009

This week: Rider and Saint Peter’s

Rider Broncs (3-24 overall, 1-15 MAAC)
Loyola Greyhounds (13-18 overall, 8-8 MAAC)
When: Saturday, November 14
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 2 p.m.

Saint Peter's Peahens (8-20 overall, 5-11 MAAC)
Loyola Greyhounds (13-18 overall, 8-8 MAAC)
When: Sunday, November 15
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 5 p.m.

Wrapping Up
Loyola closes out the season this weekend with two home matches against Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foes Rider and Saint Peter's.

Senior Sendoffs
The Greyhounds will say goodbye to four players Sunday on Senior Day: Libero/DS Kimi Gabriel, middle blocker Karlee Woodward, and captains Kristen Muscarella (setter) and Nicole Scimeme (outside hitter). All four have left their marks on Loyola. Last season, after the departure of the 2007 MAAC Setter of the Year Chrissey Cruz, Muscarella, primarily a backup in her first two seasons at Evergreen, stepped up to the role of starting setter. Woodward has been one of the conference's top blockers in her four seasons, getting her 1,000th kill earlier this season. Gabriel and Scimeme have been integral parts of the Loyola defense and played key roles off the court this season in helping to acclimate and mentor the six new freshmen.

Studly Setter
Freshman setter Aubrey Kirven earned her second MAAC Rookie of the Week award Monday, after running a Loyola offense that out-hit, out-killed and out-scored its opponents last weekend. Kirven extended her career-high assist mark to 65 in Loyola's 3-2 win over Manhattan, and totaled 112 assists in two matches (11.20 per set). Kirven is currently third in the MAAC with 9.68 assists per set and has an even higher 10.31 average in conference matches. Her first award came the week of September 6 after a standout performance in the Battle of Baltimore.

One for the Books
Junior outside hitter Nina Camaioni has had one of the strongest seasons in Loyola volleyball history. Last weekend, she added single-season kills leader to her list of accomplishments when she broke Carisa Kreichauf's single-season record of 485. Her 31 kills against the Jaspers last Sunday was also a new career-high and the first time she has topped the 30-kill mark. With 493 total kills, Camaioni is just seven kills away from becoming the first player in Loyola history to reach 500 kills in a season and is on pace to break Becky Corb's career mark next season. She currently holds the single-match dig record of 36, set in 2007. Her other accomplishments this season include:
•Hitting her 1,000th kill (October 18, at Iona).
•A second-team All-Academic District II Selection.
•Three all-tournament selections in three tournaments.
•A MAAC Offensive Player of the Week award (September 6).
•A kills-per-set average that ranked no lower than No. 19 in Division I.

The Broncs: Take Two
Rider has just one win in the MAAC all season -- a 3-1 upset over Fairfield that came back in the second week of the conference play. Rider has won just three sets since the victory over the Stags. The Broncs have played strong defense with libero Amy Jeary averging 4.32 digs per set and 4.71 in conference matches.

The Peahens: Take Two
Saint Peter's is one of the better defensive teams in the MAAC, strong on the block and the dig. The Peahen defense has held MAAC opponents to just .186 hitting, third in the MAAC behind Siena and Fairfield. They also bring a strong serving game, as three players have more than 20 aces.

1,000 Kill Club
Loyola had two players reach the 1,000 kill milestone this season. Karlee Woodward was the first, with nine kills against Marist to put her into quadruple-digits on September 20. A month later, junior outside hitter Nina Camaioni joined Woodward with her 1,000th at Iona.

Born to Dig
On October 4, junior libero Brittany Born broke Loyola's all-time dig record after recording 18 against Manhattan. Born's 18 put her career total at 1,383, surpassing Megan 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.

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.