The Canisius College volleyball team (8-10, 5-3 MAAC) plays three home matches in four days this week, starting with Thursday's match against Niagara. The Golden Griffins and Purple Eagles (13-6, 6-2 MAAC) will meet at 6 pm in the Koessler Athletic Center on 80s night. Canisius will face Manhattan (6-13, 2-6 MAAC) on Saturday, and Saint Peter's (6-13, 3-5 MAAC) on Sunday.
All matches will have video webstreaming through the Golden Griffin Broadcast Network.
NOTING THE GRIFFS
- Canisius returns to the Koessler Athletic Center to play three home matches in four days and begin a stretch where six of eight matches are at home.
- Canisius starts the week in a tie with Siena for third place in the conference with a 5-3 MAAC record.
- In the Koessler Athletic Center, Canisius has won 24 of its last 32 MAAC matches.
- Canisius is 4-0 in conference road matches for the first time in program history.
- Canisius has dropped its last three home matches — losing three straight MAAC matches in the Koessler Athletic Center for the first time since Nov. 8, 2003 to Oct. 16, 2004.
- Thursday’s meeting between Canisius and Niagara is the first of two Battle of the Bridge contests between the schools.
- Freshman Samantha Good was named the MAAC Rookie of the Week on Monday. It’s the second time this season Good has earned the award.
- In conference play, Good leads Canisius and ranks fourth in the MAAC in attack percentage (.297) and eighth in kills per set (3.61). Good leads all MAAC freshmen in both categories in league matches.
- Sophomore Janelle Davis is fifth in the league in assists per set (8.85).
- Freshman Allyson Severyn ranks first in the MAAC and 11th in the country in digs per set (5.44). Severyn has recorded double-digit digs in all 18 matches, the longest streak by a Canisius player in the past 10 years.
- Senior Michelle Godfrey ranks seventh in the MAAC in attack percentage at .280 and had a season-high attack percentage of .538 (eight kills, one error, 13 attacks) at Loyola on Saturday.
- Canisius coach Cathy Hummel is 8-5 against Niagara in her career at Canisius.
- The first set has been a predictor in 17 of the 18 Canisius matches this season as the Griffs are 8-1 when winning the first set and 0-9 when dropping the opening set.
- Niagara enters Thursday’s match in second place in the MAAC with a 6-2 conference record. The Purple Eagles have won four straight and six of seven conference matches.
- Sophomore Hannah Hedrick ranks third in the MAAC in kills per set (3.91) while freshman Kari Honomichi is fifth in the MAAC in kills per set (3.72).
- Michelle James leads the conference in assists per set (10.58) while Sam Morgan is second in the MAAC in digs per set (5.41).
- Canisius leads the all-time series 45-32-2 as the Purple Eagles are the most common opponent in program history.
- Canisius has won five of the last six meetings between the team and has won five straight between the teams in the Koessler Athletic Center.
- Manhattan enters the weekend with a 6-13 overall record and 2-6 record in the MAAC. The Lady Jaspers have dropped seven of their last eight matches.
- Rita Welsh leads the team and ranks 10th in the MAAC with a .262 hitting percentage. Welsh is the only player in the MAAC averaging over a block per set as Welsh leads the league at 1.04 blocks per set.
- Diane Strutner is first on the team in kills per set (2.60) and is second on the squad in digs per set (3.36).
- Canisius defeated Manhattan in four sets in the teams’ earlier meeting this season in Riverdale. Canisius has won the last four meetings between the teams in Buffalo.
- Saint Peter’s heads to Western New York with a 6-13 overall record and 3-5 record in the MAAC, sitting in a tie for seventh place. The Peahens are 2-3 in their last five matches, with wins over Niagara and Rider.
- Kim Mendoza leads the team with a 2.98 kills per set average, which ranks 10th in the MAAC, and a .179 hitting percentage.
- Katie McFadden is third in the MAAC in service aces per set (0.46) as Saint Peter’s leads the MAAC in service aces per set (1.87).
- Canisius has won nine straight matches against Saint Peter’s and five straight over the Peahens in the Koessler Athletic Center.
- Canisius and Niagara participate in an all-sports competition called the Battle of the Bridge with the winner claiming the Canal Cup.
- The name of the series is in reference to the Grand Island Bridge, which each team crosses when traveling to the other’s campus. The name of the trophy is in reference to the Erie Canal, which intersects Niagara County, where Niagara is located, and Erie County, where Canisius is located.
- Each matchup between Canisius and Niagara is worth two points.
- Canisius won the Battle of the Bridge in 2007-08 and in 2008-09. Niagara won the inaugural competition in 2006-07.
- Canisius needs 16 points this year to keep the Canal Cup while Niagara needs 17 points to win the Cup.
- Niagara earned the first two points in this year’s competition, with a 4-1 win in women’s soccer on Sunday.
- The Nov. 14 meeting between the schools will also count in the Battle of the Bridge competition.