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Women's Volleyball Faces World's Tallest Twins in Tuesday Match Against American
Sept. 21, 2009
This week: American, Rider and Iona
American Eagles (4-7 overall, 0-0 Patriot League)
Splitting the Difference
Loyola will split time at home and away this week. First up is non-conference action against American Tuesday, at Reitz Arena. The Greyhounds will then head back out on the road for Metro Atlantic Conference play at Rider Saturday, followed by a home match Sunday, against Iona.
Tuesday's match against the Eagles will feature a pair of Guinness World Record holders. American's Claire and Ann Recht hold the world record for the tallest female twins. The senior middle blockers out of Canby, Ore., both measure up at 6-feet, 8-inches, and narrowly beat out a pair of Arizona basketball players for record.
One for the Records
Last week was a career-high week for the Greyhounds. Junior outside hitter Nina Camaioni and freshman setter Aubrey Kirven both posted career-high numbers in Loyola's 3-2 win over Marist. In the same game, senior middle blocker Karlee Woodward joined the 1,000 kill club. Camaioni put up 25 kills, two more than her previous high of 23, and Kirven matched her previous high mark with 46 assists. Woodward's nine kills put her career total at 1,003. Katie Dircks almost joined the group as well, tallying 14 kills against the Red Foxes. The freshman hitter was just one shy of matching her high mark.
Leading the Way
This week's NCAA stats report had Camaioni's kills-per-set average ranked at No. 22 in the country, up more than 10 spots from No. 38 last week. Camaioni has recorded 223 kills in 52 sets for an average of 4.29 per set in three matches last week. Her 223 total far surpasses every other hitter's mark in the MAAC and her average is second best behind Siena's Burgandy McCurty (154 total, 4.67). Camaioni wasted no time padding her numbers this season, racking up 70 kills in 14 games in the Battle of Baltimore in just the second week of the season. The performance led to her first MAAC Offensive Player of the Week award. Camaioni is the only Greyhound to go 3-for-3 in all-tournament teams in 2009, having been named to the Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational, the Battle of Baltimore and the Duke Invitational all-tournament teams.
Freshman setter Aubrey Kirven, whom head coach Scott Pennewill has referred to as a "stud", is second in the MAAC with 9.04 assists per game. The multitalented setter also leads the team (along with Camaioni) with 15 service aces, has eight blocks, and has also chipped in 107 digs and 26 kills. With 146 assists in the Battle of Baltimore, Kirven was named to her first collegiate all-tournament team as well as named MAAC Rookie of the Week. Kirven has been on a roll since making her Greyhound debut in Pittsburgh, at the Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational where she had 117 assists, including 46 against Radford.
Born to Dig
Junior libero Brittany Born comes into the 2009 season with 1,109 career digs. With 187 already in `09, Born is on pace to surpass Megan Maguire's career mark of 1,381 this season. Born's 626 digs as a freshman in 2007, is currently first all-time. 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 could end up arguably being the toughest test of the season, as the Greyhounds 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.