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Volleyball Ends Losing Streak with Sweep of Rider

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 10/31/2009
Sophomore Layne Adams
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The Canisius College volleyball team ended its three-match losing streak with a three-set sweep of Rider at the Koessler Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Griffins won 25-23, 25-20, 25-16 to improve to 11-14 overall and 8-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Sophomore Layne Adams led the Griffs with 11 kills on 16 attempts, posting a .500 attack percentage. Junior Renee Lettow had 10 kills and nine digs while sophomore Carley Youngman had a match-high 12 digs. Freshman Allyson Severyn added nine kills, senior Kaela Glenn had 10 digs and sophomore Janelle Davis had 30 assists.

“We didn’t play a perfect match by any means, making some mistakes at critical times,” Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. “However, we carried over our energy and enthusiasm from Tuesday’s match, and kept ourselves in contention for the postseason with this win.”

The teams played their closest set of the day in the first set as Canisius would open up an 11-7 lead, but Rider (3-21, 1-12 MAAC) battled back to tie the match at 13-13 on a block from Stephanie Nagy and Alex Chapla. Neither team took more than a two-point lead the rest of the way, with Canisius getting a kill from Davis and service ace from Severyn to take a 24-22 lead. Lettow would put the set away two points later.

Canisius pulled away midway through the second set and never relinquished the lead. A kill from Davis started a 4-1 run that put Canisius up 14-11 on a kill from Lettow. The Broncs would get within one at 16-15 on a kill from Katelyn Thompson, but Canisius won three straight points – two kills from Adams and a service ace from Glenn to go up 19-15 and eventually win the set on an ace from Davis.

The Griffs dominated the third set, leading by as many as 15 points. After dropping the first point of the set, Canisius won seven straight and never looked back. A kill from Adams closed out the match.

Canisius plays its final regular-season home match of the season on Sunday, against Loyola on Senior Day. Match time is set for 3 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center.

Match Notes: Canisius has now won three straight MAAC matches in the Koessler Athletic Center… The Griffs defeated Rider for the eighth straight time and improve to 12-2 against the Broncs under Hummel… Senior Michelle Godfrey played in her 100th career match… Canisius posted a season-high attack percentage of .307, committing just 12 service errors.
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