- After sweeping a four-match homestand the last two weekends, the Canisius College volleyball team plays three road matches in five days.
- The Golden Griffins are 8-2 in the MAAC for the second time in three seasons under eighth-year coach Cathy Hummel. Canisius was also 8-2 in 2006, en route to a 14-4 conference record and third-place finish in the regular-season standings.
- Canisius enters the week tied with Siena for second place in the MAAC at 8-2, one match behind first-place Fairfield.
- The Golden Griffins' overall winning percentage of .684 ranks first in the MAAC.
- Junior Michelle Godfrey was named the MAAC co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. Godfrey posted an attack percentage of .568 in the team’s two victories last weekend, including a career-high 16 kills in the 3-1 victory over Rider Sunday.
- Freshman Janelle Davis has been named the MAAC Rookie of the Week four times — Oct. 20, Oct. 13, Sept. 22 and Sept. 2. Davis is the first player in program history to win the award more than two times in one season. Davis is also the only freshman in the conference to win the award more than twice in 2008.
- Hummel won her 50th MAAC match on Saturday, and has a conference record of 51-40 (.560) in her eight seasons with the Golden Griffins.
- Canisius has held its opponents to an attack percentage under .200 in seven of the last eight matches and is 6-1 in those seven matches.
- Canisius has won three times this season after losing the first two sets of the match. Prior to 2008, the Griffs had won a match when it trailed 2-0 four times in the previous 19 seasons.
- Wednesday's match at Niagara will be shown on a tape delay basis on Time Warner 13 in Buffalo. The match will air at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
FIRST OF TWO BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE MATCHUPS
- This matchup for Canisius and Niagara is the first of two Battle of the Bridge contests between the schools in volleyball for the 2008 season.
- The Battle of the Bridge is an all-sports competition between the schools. The school that wins a match earns two points. The Nov. 15 contest will also count toward the point totals.
- Canisius won the Canal Cup in 2007-08, awarded to the school with the most points at the end of the athletic season, after Niagara won the inaugural competition in 2006-07.
- Canisius needs 17 total points to retain the Cup. Niagara needs 18 total points to win the Cup.
- Niagara took an early 2-0 lead with its 4-0 victory in men’s soccer on Saturday.
HISTORY AGAINST THE WEEK’S OPPONENTS
- Niagara and Canisius are meeting for the first time in 2008. Canisius holds a 43-32-2 advantage in the all-time series. Canisius and Niagara split the 2007 season series, each winning at home. The teams have split their last four matches in the Gallagher Center.
- Canisius defeated Marist in five sets earlier this season and holds a 14-3 advantage in the all-time series. The Griffs have won four of their last five matches in the McCann Center.
- Canisius defeated Siena in five sets in the conference opener for both teams Sept. 20. It was the first win for the Griffs over the Saints since the 2004 season. Siena holds a 16-9 advantage in the all-time series. Canisius last won in Loudonville in 2003.
- Niagara enters the week having won its last match, a three-set sweep of Loyola on Sunday. The win ended a seven-match losing streak for the Purple Eagles.
- Niagara’s roster of 10 players consists of four sophomores and six freshmen.
- Hannah Hedrick leads the team in kills per set (2.80) while Kathy Bibler (.280) is fifth in the MAAC in attack percentage.
- Niagara is ninth in the league in attack percentage (.153), 10th in opponent attack percentage (.224), first in assists per set (11.27), third in kills per set (11.79), 10th in blocks per set (1.07) and seventh in digs pset set (14.62).
- Marist enters the week tied with Saint Peter’s for fifth place in the conference and having won four of its last five matches.
- Joanna Foss and Alexandra Schultze lead the team in kills per set (3.30). Lindsey Schmid leads the team in attack percentage at .239.
- Dawn Jan ranks first in the MAAC in assists per set (9.94).
- Marist is fourth in the conference in attack percentage (.186), seventh in opponent attack percentage (.212), second in assists per set (10.99), first in kills per set (11.97) and ninth in digs per set (14.40) and blocks per set (1.29)
- Siena enters the weekend tied with the Golden Griffins for second place in the MAAC standings. The Saints have won their last three conference matches.
- Five-time MAAC Player of the Week Burgandy McCurty leads the MAAC at 4.29 kills per set and in attack percentage (.339).
- The Saints have won the last three MAAC Championships and are the host of the 2008 MAAC Tournament.
- Siena is second in the MAAC in attack percentage (.194), eighth in opponent attack percentage (.216), third in assists per set (10.96), second in kills per set (11.92), eighth in blocks per set (1.34) and fifth in digs per set (15.25).