Loyola University (Maryland)
- Outside Hitter
- Global Studies
Nina Camaioni is an exemplary student at Loyola and will graduate in May 2011 with a degree in global studies, an interdisciplinary field that encompasses history, economics, sociology and political science. She also has a minor in Catholic studies and enters her senior year with a 3.834 grade point average. Camaioni is a two-time MAAC All-Academic honoree, and she earned CoSIDA/EPSN The Magazine Academic All-District II Second Team honors as a junior in 2009. She has been a member of Loyola’s Dean’s List all six semesters she has been at the school.
Camaioni is one of the most selfless and giving students at Loyola. She is as well known for her dedication to community outreach and service as for her success on the volleyball court. She earned Loyola’s Cura Personalis Award in 2008, recognizing one person on campus who uses his or her particular gifts and insights to address the needs of others and foster understanding for their unique circumstances. This award is drawn from the 3,600-plus student body and all faculty and staff. She has an unique you-first attitude, always making sure that others are taken care of before herself, however, she is extremely focused at succeeding academically and athletically. Camaioni is one of the most positive and uplifting players on the team and was unanimously named team captain for 2010.
Camaioni has vested her time and interests fully to the Loyola campus. She is a coordinator and leader of the campus prayer group that meets once a week. She is also a member of the Theology Club, Loyola Alive and Campus Ministry. She has volunteered monthly at Beans & Bread, a soup kitchen in Baltimore that serves the area’s underprivileged. She also has participated in Relay for Life at Loyola and was an organizer of activities at the school’s National Women In Sports Day. While studying abroad in Rome during the spring of 2010, Camaioni did not stop her community service, volunteering weekly at Caritas Diocesan Soup Kitchen.
Camaioni will conclude her Loyola volleyball career as one of the best players in school history, if not the best. The 2010 Preseason Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year enters her senior season with 1,328 career kills, just 301 away from tying the school record. As a junior in 2009, Camaioni became the first Loyola player to ever record more than 500 kills in a season. She was 13th in NCAA Division I in kills per set (4.49) and 25th in points per set (4.84), setting the school single-season record with 539 kills. She is a two-time All-MAAC honoree and was the 2007 MAAC Rookie of the Year.