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Volleyball Heads to Florida for MAAC Championship

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 11/17/2010
Sophomore Emily Elek
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  • Canisius heads to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. for the 2010 MAAC Championship.
  • Canisius earned the No. 3 seed in this week’s postseason tournament. The Golden Griffs finished in a tie for third place with Manhattan College, but won the tiebreaker because of their sweep in the regular-season series.
  • Canisius posted an 11-7 record in conference play, recording double-digit victories in the MAAC for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
  • Canisius is meeting Loyola for the third consecutive MAAC Championship that is being played at Disney. Canisius defeated Loyola in four sets in 2006 and the Greyhounds won in five sets in 2002.
  • Canisius is making its third appearance in the postseason tournament in the last five years. Two of those appearances have been when all 10 teams qualify. However, Canisius has finished in third place in each of those seasons, meaning the Griffs would have qualified in the traditional four-team format.
  • Sophomore Samantha Good ranks second in the MAAC in attack percentage (.335) and fifth in kills per set (2.95). Good is the only player in the MAAC to rank in the top 10 in both categories. Good also leads the MAAC in blocks per set (0.97).
  • Good is a three-time MAAC Offensive Player of the Week this season and is the only player in the MAAC to win the award more than two times in 2010.
  • In conference play, sophomore Allyson Severyn ranks third in the MAAC with a 5.65 digs per set average. Severyn also ranks 44th nationally in digs per set (4.98).
  • Junior Layne Adams is ninth in the MAAC in attack percentage (.242) and is third in blocks per set (0.83). Sophomore Emily Elek is averaging 2.74 kills per set, which is 10th in the conference.
  • As a team, Canisius ranks 80th nationally (1.40) in service aces.
  • Canisius is second in the MAAC in attack percentage (.220) and leads the conference in blocks per set (2.06).
  • Against Manhattan on Oct. 23, senior Renee Lettow became the eighth player in program history with 1,000 career kills. Lettow starts the weekend with 1,057 kills and needs 27 kills to move into sixth place in the record books.
  • Lettow is also fourth in matches played (116) and in sets played (427).
  • Junior Janelle Davis moved into third place in career assists on Oct. 10, and needs five more assists to move into second place.
  • Severyn became the ninth player in program history with 1,000 career digs, reaching the milestone agains Saint Peter’s on Oct. 24 The sophomore needs 35 digs to move into fourth place on the career digs list.
  • Every four years, the MAAC Championship is held at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. This year’s tournament will take place Nov. 18-20.
  • The semifinals and finals of the tournament will be seen live on
  • All 10 teams qualify for the MAAC Championship, having a chance to win the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
  • The 10 teams play in a single-elimination tournament to determine that bid, while consolation matches also take place for the rest of the teams after a first loss.
  • Canisius is going to the MAAC Championship for the third time in the last five seasons.
  • Two of those years came when all 10 teams qualify for the postseason, however, Canisius finished in third place each of those years, meaning the Griffs would have qualified in a traditional, four-team tournament.
  • Canisius has an all-time record of 7-12 in the postseason.
  • Canisius is playing in the MAAC Championship at Disney for the fourth time. Canisius has won its opening match in the tournament in each of its last two appearances.
  • The Griffs advanced to the semifinals in 2006 and eventually won the third-place match with a four-set win over Manhattan.
  • Loyola finished the regular season with a 14-18 overall record and an 8-10 record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Greyhounds won a three-way tiebreaker with Marist and Siena to earn the No. 6 seed and avoid the opening round.
  • The Greyhounds have dropped three of their last four matches after a five-match winning streak to close the month of October.
  • MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Nina Camaioni ranks second in the MAAC in kills per set (3.98) while sophomore Aubrey Kirven is second in the conference in assists per set (9.58).
  • Each team won on its home court this season. The Golden Griffins won in five sets in the Koessler Athletic Center wihle the Greyhounds swept Canisius in Baltimore.
  • Canisius dropped the opening two sets against Loyola and then won the final three-sets to complete the comeback against the Greyhounds on Sept. 25. Junior Layne Adams had a career-high 14 kills while sophomore Samantha Good had 13 kills and four blocks and senior Renee Lettow had 12 kills.
  • Loyola swept Canisius in the second meeting between the teams. Emily Elek led Canisius with 12 kills while junior Janelle Davis had 24 assists.
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