The Canisius College volleyball team dug itself an early hole, but recovered to defeat Manhattan College 23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-17 at the Koessler Athletic Center Saturday afternoon.
Senior Morgan Ammons led the Golden Griffins (10-6, 5-2 MAAC) with 15 kills and 17 digs while freshman Layne Adams had a career-high 10 kills while hitting .333. Freshman Janelle Davis had 38 assists and five kills on seven attack attempts.
“Manhattan came out with more energy and was able to win the first set,” Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. “That was the quickest we’ve been able to shift the momentum into our favor and we were able to get a positive result out of the match.”
The teams stayed closed for the majority of the first set and Manhattan (4-12, 3-4) used a five-point run to turn a 19-18 Canisius lead into a 23-19 advantage.
Canisius responded in the second set, breaking open an 11-11 score with a quick four-point run, which included two kills from Adams. Manhattan got as close as one, making it 21-20, before the Griffs won the final four points of the set to even the match.
Canisius took a small lead midway through the third set, which proved to be enough. Canisius won two points to turn a 13-13 tie into a 15-13 lead. The Griffs wouldn’t keep the lead the rest of the way, but not go ahead by more than three until a Manhattan error on the final point of the set.
The Griffs would run away with the fourth set, winning 11 of 12 points to turn a 10-9 deficit into a 20-11 advantage. Canisius got a five-point run on the serve of Ammons and a seven-point run on the serve of Sarah Podlesh to take control of the set and put away the match.
Sherryta Stokes led the Lady Jaspers with 15 kills while Rita Welsh had 12 kills and a team-high .440 attack percentage.
Canisius hosts Iona on Sunday. Match time at the Koessler Athletic Center is set for 2 p.m.
Match Notes: Canisius has won the last six from Manhattan... Ammons had her sixth double-double of the season... The 17 digs by Ammons match her career high, which happened Oct. 30, 2005, against Siena... Canisius improves to 5-2 in the MAAC for the second time in three seasons... Canisius is 6-5 in 2008 after dropping the first set and won for just the second time in five times in a four-set match.