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Volleyball Returns Home to Host Two Matches

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 10/31/2008
Junior Kaela Glenn
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  • The Canisius College volleyball team returns home for two matches this weekend after dropping consecutive matches for the first time in 2008.
  • The Golden Griffins are 9-4 in the MAAC, holding a two-match lead over Marist and Iona, who are currently tied for fourth place in the conference standings. The top four teams qualify for the MAAC Championship Nov. 22-23 at Siena.
  • Canisius is 6-0 at home this season in MAAC home matches and has won 11 of 13 and 20 of its last 25 league matches in the Koessler Athletic Center.
  • Senior Morgan Ammons is one of two players in the conference to rank in the top 10 of hitting percentage and kills per set.
  • Three Golden Griffins Janelle Davis, Brittany Gerde and Sarah Podlesh have played in all 91 sets this season.
  • 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 four times in 2008.
  • Podlesh topped the 1,000-dig mark for her career last weekend at Marist.
  • Canisius has held its opponents to an attack percentage under .200 in eight of the last 11 matches and is 7-1 in those eight matches.
  • Canisius is 6-2 this season in five-set 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 19 seasons.

  • Fairfield is in first-place in the MAAC with an 11-1 conference record. The only loss for the Stags came in four sets at Iona Oct. 19.
  • Fairfield has either held a share or won the MAAC regular-season title outright each of the last three seasons and has finished in the top four of the standings every year since 1996.
  • In conference matches, Fairfield ranks first in the MAAC in opponent hitting percentage and service aces, second in hitting percentage, kills and digs and seventh in blocks.
  • Katie Mann ranks second in the conference in attack percentage (.306). Brandi Higa is fourth in the league in digs per set (4.17) while Lauren Balmert is sixth in assists per set (8.76).
  • Fairfield is led by first-year coach Alija Pittenger, who was an assistant coach at the University of Pittsburgh. Pittenger took over for Jeff Werneke who became the head coach at Rutgers University.

  • Saint Peter’s starts its two-match trip to Western New York with a 6-6 record in the MAAC, snapping a three-match losing streak with a sweep of Iona Oct. 26.
  • The Peahens have played three sets in seven of their 12 conference matches, including the last four.
  • In conference matches, Saint Peter’s is fifth in hitting percentage and opponents’ hitting percentage, fourth in blocks and third in service aces.
  • Kelly Blanchfield is fourth in the MAAC in attack percentage (.267) while four Peahens rank in the top 10 in the league in service aces per set.
  • Saint Peter’s is led by first-year coach Joseph Agrest, who most recently was the head coach at the Globe Institute in New York City.

  • Canisius defeated Saint Peter’s earlier this season to take a 13-12 advantage in the all-time series between the teams.
  • Canisius has won the last seven meetings with the Peahens, with the last Saint Peter’s win coming Oct. 11, 2003.
  • Fairfield leads the all-time series 17-6 with the Golden Griffins.
  • Fairfield has won the last five meetings between the schools with the last Golden Griffin win in the series coming Oct. 22, 2005, in a five-set victory.

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