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Sixth-Seeded Volleyball Faces Third-Seeded Canisius

Nov. 15, 2010

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Opponent: Canisius Golden Griffins
When: Thursday, November 18
Where: Kissimmee, Fla.
Time: 2 p.m.

The Loyola University Maryland women's volleyball team will compete at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Championships in Kissimmee, Fla., November 18-20. The sixth-seeded Greyhounds will play Thursday against third-seeded Canisius College at 2 p.m. The winner of the match will compete, Friday at 8 p.m., and the loser will play at 2 p.m. on Friday.

Scouting Canisius
The Golden Griffins finished their regular season 15-15 and 10-7 in the MAAC. They are coming off a loss at home on senior day to Niagara, 3-2. Canisius is led by Samantha Good who has 319 kills and a .335 hitting percentage. Allyson Severy leads the defense with 558 digs and Janelle Davis has 715 assists. The Greyhounds split with the Golden Griffins in the regular season, where Canisius won at home, 3-2, and Loyola won at home, 3-0.

MAAC Championship History
Last season, Niagara won the MAAC Championships by defeating Marist, 3-0. The last time the Greyhounds were in the championships was in 2007 when Loyola lost to host Fairfield, 3-1. The Greyhounds won the MAAC Championships in 1992 against Saint Peter's, 3-1.

Breaking Records
Senior Nina Camaioni broke the school's career kills record, set by Becky Corb from 2002-2005, on October 17. Camaioni has 1,741 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 32 matches so far this season, Brittany Born has a total of 433 digs, averaging 3.80 digs per set. So far in her four-year career, Born has recorded 2,013 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 32 matches of 2010, Aubrey Kirven has 1,111 assists, an average of 9.58 assists per set to rank second in the conference. She joined the 2,000 assists club and has a total of 2,313 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 9.59 assists a set.

Comeback Falls Short
Three players had double-doubles as the Loyola University Maryland women's volleyball team lost to Manhattan, 3-2 (25-20, 25-23, 18-25, 18-25, 15-13), Sunday afternoon at Reitz Arena on senior day. Loyola fell in the first and the second sets, but came back in the third and fourth set to create a fifth set.

The Greyhounds were led by senior Nina Camaioni who had 15 kills and 14 digs, while sophomore Katie Dircks recorded 15 kills and 21 digs, and freshman Nicole Sarby added 12 kills and 13 digs. Senior Brittany Born contributed 18 digs and sophomore Aubrey Kirven had 45 assists.

Defeats Rider
Senior Nina Camaioni had a double-double as the Loyola University Maryland women's volleyball team defeated Rider University, 3-1 (25-21, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20), Saturday in Lawrenceville, N. J. Three Greyhounds had double-doubles for the match. Camaioni had 14 kills and 12 digs, sophomore Aubrey Kirven added 42 assists and 15 digs and freshman Nicole Sarby contributed 12 kills and 18 digs. Senior Brittany Born had 23 digs for Loyola.

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.



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