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Volleyball Falls in Five to Siena

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 11/07/2010
Junior Janelle Davis
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The Canisius College volleyball team lost in five sets to Siena College in the Koessler Athletic Center on Sunday afternoon. The Saints defeated the Golden Griffins 21-25, 25-23, 25-20, 17-25, 17-15 as Canisius falls to 15-14 overall and 11-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Sophomore Emily Elek led Canisius with a match-high 17 kills while senior Renee Lettow had a season-high 16 kills. Junior Janelle Davis had her seventh double-double of the season with 36 assists and 15 digs. Sophomore Samantha Good had 10 kills while sophomore Allyson Severyn had 25 digs.

"I don't think anybody can be anything but disappointed with our effort today. We can handle execution problems, but our effort wasn't where it needs to be. That's unacceptable," Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. "We went deep into our bench today and got some production from players who haven't seen a lot of playing time, but that wasn't enough.

"We have to bring energy against every team in this league, not just against the teams at the top of the conference standings."

Canisius pulled away late in the first set, winning four straight points to break open a 19-19 tie, getting kills from Good, Elek and Davis during the run. Elek's fourth kill of the set gave Canisius the early 1-0 lead.

Siena (7-19, 6-10 MAAC) jumped out to a 13-7 set behind a 10-1 run. Canisius then won seven straight points, taking a 14-13 lead on a kill from Elek. The Griffs built a 21-18 lead on a kill from junior Layne Adams, but the Saints won five of the next six points to go up 23-22. Siena eventually evened the match on a kill from Brianne Bobo.

The Saints took advantage of five Canisius service errors in the third set to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Canisius forced a fifth set by controlling the fourth set, winning the first two points and never giving up the lead. A kill from Davis - one of seven on the day for the Griffs' setter - gave Canisius the fourth-set win.

Canisius jumped out to an 8-4 lead in the fifth set behind a kill from freshman Roxanne Hernandez, but the Saints would win five of the six points after the changeover to tie the match at 9-9. Canisius built a 12-10 lead after a Siena service error, but the Saints won four of the next five points to go up 14-13. A cross-court kill from Elek tied the match at 14-14, and Siena forced another match point on a kill from Brittany Lintelman. Another cross-court kill from Elek staved off the second match point, but another kill from Lintelman and a kill from Bobo closed out the match.

Freshman Taylor Akana led Siena with 16 kills and had 16 digs to record a double-double. Bobo also had a double-double with 15 digs and 11 kills while Sarah Sivertson was the third Saint with a double-double with 42 assists and 12 digs. Lesli Akeo had a match-high 29 digs.

Canisius concludes the regular season against rival Niagara in the Koessler Athletic Center on Friday night. Match time is set for 7 p.m., with Senior Night festivities to begin prior to the match.

Match Notes: Hernandez had five kills on seven attempts in two sets of action... Junior Joanna Burt had eight digs in two sets of action as well and is averaging 2.22 digs per set in her last nine sets... The 16 kills for Lettow were the most for the senior since she had 18 at Davidson on Sept. 12, 2009... Davis has a double-double in three of the last five matches... The 12 assists for freshman Sydney Palka were the most since she had 12 at Niagara on Oct. 20... The nine assists for Severyn were the most since she had 11 against East Tennessee State on Sept. 3... Good had double-digit kills for the third straight match. The sophomore also had four blocks for the third straight match... The 17 kills for Elek were the most since she had a career-high 18 kills against Marist on Sept. 19... Senior Jasmine Brennan had eight blocks on the weekend... The Griffs committed a season-high 14 service errors in the match.

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