Canisius College junior volleyball player Mary Boller (right) was named Second Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, while teammate Leigh Launhardt was honored as an all-academic selection, the MAAC announced Friday night at the league’s annual championship banquet, held in Niagara Falls, N.Y. This marks the second time Boller has received postseason honors for her play on the court, she was also named the MAAC’s 2003 Rookie of the Year after her freshman year.
Boller led the Golden Griffins with a career-high 363 kills on 767 attack attempts. The 5-foot-10 middle blocker’s .349 attack percentage ranked first on this year’s Canisius team and second in the MAAC. Boller also recorded a team-best 24 solo blocks while ranking second in block assists with 63. She enters her senior season with 845 career kills, 155 kills shy of 1,000 for her career, a milestone accomplished by just five players in program history.
Launhardt was Canisius’ lone representative on the MAAC All-Academic Team. The junior middle hitter holds a 3.45 grade point average as a major in early childhood/special education. To be eligible for the conference’s all-academic list, a student-athlete must complete two semester at their institution, be a significant starter or reserve and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.
Launhardt ranked third on the 2005 team with 234 kills and second on the roster with 23 solo blocks. Her team-leading 73 block assists last season set a new school record for block assists in a single-season and also helped her become the school’s all-time leader in the category with 217. Launhardt played in 101 of 103 games in 2005 after missing all of the 2004 campaign with a knee injury.
The Griffs closed out the season with a 3-1 win over MAAC rival Loyola Nov. 12, in the Koessler Athletic Center. Canisius posted a 9-17 overall mark and a 3-6 record in conference play.