Dec. 11, 2007
A year ago at this time, Loyola College's volleyball team was coming off a season in which it finished with 10 wins and 26 losses.
Flip, that record, and you'll be much closer to what the 2007 team accomplished.
In her fourth season on the Loyola campus, Head Coach Kristina Hernandez has led the Greyhounds to a `season of firsts':
-First winning record since 2002 when they finished just a game above .500 at 16-15.
-First 20-win season since 1992.
-First top-three finish in the MAAC since 1997.
-First-ever season with 10-plus wins in MAAC play.
-First time since 2002 that a Loyola player was named to an All-MAAC team.
It was also a record-setting season for Loyola, both as a team and individually:
-Single-season winning percentage (.647).
-Kills in a season, 30-point scoring format (1,779).
-Assists in a season, 30-point scoring format (1,628).
-Digs in a season, 30-point scoring format (2,404).
-Total blocks in a season, 30-point scoring format (313.5).
-Consecutive Road Match Wins (4, September 1-6).
-Consecutive Home Match Wins (5, ties record, October 13-present).
-Individual set assists in a season (1,421 - Chrissey Cruz).
-Individual digs in a season (626 - Brittany Born).
-Individual digs in a single-match (36 - Nina Camaioni, September 23 vs. Marist).
Much of the Greyhounds' success can be seen in the team's statistics. They averaged 13.9 kills per game, over two more per game than in 2006.
Loyola's offensive success was not attributable to just one person. The Greyhounds were one of only two teams in the conference to have five players average two or more kills per game throughout the season.
All five of the Greyhounds starting hitters had at least 245 total kills during the season: Camaioni (3.45 kills per game), Karlee Woodward (2.78), Christina Greenup (2.75), Rachel Schillinger (2.33) and Anastasia Collins (2.10).
Cruz's setting proficiency helped drive the Loyola offense, and she earned plenty of recognition by the MAAC coaches. She was selected to the All-MAAC First Team and was named co-MAAC Setter of the Year.
Camaioni, who was the recipient of plenty of her sets, earned MAAC Rookie of the Year honors and was tabbed to the All-MAAC Second Team. Throughout the season, she received four MAAC Rookie of the Week awards.
Woodward, who also led the team with 127 total blocks, an average of 1.24 per game, was also named to the All-MAAC Second Team and was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Week on November 12. She was also named to the MAAC All-Tournament Team.
Born also picked up MAAC Rookie of the Week honors on September 17.
The Greyhounds will be loaded for a repeat performance next season, as they will not lose any players to graduation.