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Buffalo Holds Off Volleyball in Non-Conference Action

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 10/04/2005
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Buffalo senior Katie Weekley recorded five of her match-high 26 kills in the fifth and deciding game to help lead the visiting Bulls to a 3-2 (30-21, 30-23, 30-32, 28-30, 15-9) win over Canisius College Wednesday night in the Koessler Athletic Center. Weekely’s 26 kills in a five-game match was six kills shy of setting a Buffalo record while teammate Nikki Morzenti added 21 kills and 11 digs in the victory. With the win, the Bulls advance to 8-9 in 2005, while the Golden Griffins fall to 6-11 with the loss.

The junior duo of Mary Boller and Leigh Launhardt led the Canisius attack once again, with Boller posting a team-high 19 kills in the loss to go with six block assists. Launhardt had 11 kills, two solo blocks and two block assists for the Griffs, while sophomore setter Lauren Lackovich was credited with a team-high 35 assists and a career best 11 digs.

Buffalo jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after taking the first two games, but the host Griffs responded with a 32-30 win in the third game, highlighted by Boller’s six kills on 11 attempts and Launhardt’s five kills on six tries. Lackovich helped the Blue and Gold force a fifth game after posting three of her career-high five service aces in game four, while Boller pounded down five kills on 12 swings. As a team in the fourth contest, Canisius had seven service aces, with freshman Brittany Gerde adding two of her career-best three aces to the mix.

The Bulls closed out the match with a strong performance in game five. Morzenti added three kills to the winning effort, while senior setter Amy Brown was good for nine helpers in the night’s final game. In all, Brown set a new career-high with 77 assists to go with seven digs, three block assists and a service ace.

Gerde had nine kills, 19 assists and four digs to go with her three service aces in the loss for the Griffs. Junior Emily McNabb came off the bench to add five kills and three block assists for the Blue and Gold. Buffalo’s Brandie Clark led the way for the Bulls’ defense with 12 digs. UB’s Lauren Burd was good for 14 kills and six block assists as well.

The Griffs will return to action Saturday, Oct. 15, when the team opens Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action at Manhattan in Riverdale, N.Y. Canisius went 4-5 in conference play last season.

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