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Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 09/23/2005
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The Canisius College volleyball team dropped a pair of non-conference matches Saturday afternoon in the Palestra in Philadelphia, Pa., on the final day of the Sheraton/Penn Invitational. The Golden Griffins lost to Towson 3-0 (30-19, 30-21, 30-16) in the first match of the day before falling to the Pepperdine Waves 3-1 (17-30, 30-28, 14-30, 16-30) in the nightcap. The Griffs are now 5-9 overall after going 1-3 over the weekend.

Pepperdine (6-5) opened the match with a resounding victory in the first game, but the Griffs answered the bell in the second game, posting a 30-28 win over the Waves, the only game Peppperdine dropped all weekend.

Canisius trailed 26-24 when Lauren Lackovich stepped to the service-line, and after three-straight Pepperdine attack errors, the Waves called timeout with the score knotted at 26-26. The Griffs took a 28-26 lead moments later when freshman Brittany Gerde pounded down one of her seven kills in the match. The Blue and Gold closed out the game after freshman Morgan Ammons put down a ball with authority in the middle of Pepperdine's side of the court.

The Waves answered with a 30-14 win in game three and a 30-16 win in the fourth and final game. Pepperdine hit .440 as a team in the final two games and recorded 11.5 blocks.

Hayes led the Griffs on Saturday with 15 total kills after scoring a team-high 11 against Pepperdine. Junior Mary Boller was credited with 14 kills in the two matches and freshman Sarah Podlesh was good for 23 digs and two service aces.

Gerde added a career-high 16 assists to her seven kills against the Waves, while Ammons recorded 10 kills in the losing effort for the Blue and Gold.

Pepperdine, which has won scored wins in their of its last four matches after beating Canisius on Saturday, was led offensively by freshman Julie Rubenstein, who collected a match-high 18 kills on 32 attack attempts. Waves' setter Melissa Mehlhorn was credited with 58 assists, as four Pepperdine players were good for double-digits in the kills category. Sophia Milo was one of those players. She had 13 kills, a solo block and 11 block assists to lead Pepperdine's defense.

In the team's first match of Towson's April Hoffman was credited with a match-high 14 kills two service aces and seven digs, while teammate Lindsey Hardin pounded down 10 kills in the winning effort for the Tigers. Towson was credited with 10-total team blocks, while registering a .272 hitting percentage as a squad. Vanessa Happel posted a solo block and six block assists, while teammate Christina Grempler added a solo block and five block assists, as the Tigers held Canisius to an -.031 team hitting percentage. Boller had a team-high eight kills.

The Griffs will return to action at home next Saturday when Robert Morris travels to the Koessler Athletic Center for a non-conference match. The home match will be Canisius' first home match since Sept. 4, and is set to begin at 3:30 p.m.

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