The Canisius College volleyball team lost in four sets to Fairfield University in the third-place match at the 2010 MAAC Championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. on Saturday. The Stags won 23-25, 26-24, 25-21 and 25-21 as the Golden Griffins complete their season with a 16-17 record.
Junior Danielle Brawn led Canisius with 14 kills, her third straight match with a season high in kills. Brawn also had 11 digs for her second consecutive double-double. Sophomore Samantha Good had 11 kills and four blocks. Sophomore Allyson Severyn had 23 digs while junior Janelle Davis had 33 assists.
Canisius built a 16-11 lead after a kill from senior Jasmine Brennan. The Stags would battle back, tying the match at 19-19 and at 23-23, but Canisius never gave up the lead. The Griffs won the final two points of the set - capped by another kill from Brennan - to go up 1-0 in the match.
Canisius held the lead midway through the second set as well, going up 16-11 after a Fairfield error. The Stags would win six straight points and eventually take a 19-17 lead. However, the Griffs answered with a 6-1 run, getting three kills from senior Renee Lettow to go up 23-20. The Stags wouldn't go away as Fairfield won the final three points of the set to even the match at one set apiece.
Fairfield (13-20) jumped out to a 15-6 lead in the third set before Canisius won four straight points to cut the lead to 15-10 on consecutive service aces from Brawn. The Stags came right back and pushed their lead to 19-11. Canisius would mount a late rally, getting as close as 24-21, but couldn't complete the comeback.
The fourth set featured 12 ties and five lead changes as the teams stayed close for a majority of the set. Canisius was up 18-16 after a service ace from freshman Roxanne Hernandez, but Fairfield would climb back into the set and won the final five points of the set to win the match.
Three Stags had 15 kills on the day - Lauren Hughes, Brianna Dixion and Haililani Pokipala, who also had 12 digs. Kara Reis recorded 17 digs while Rachel Romansky had 52 assists.
Match Notes: Severyn was named to the All-Tournament Team... Canisius has played in the third-place match of the MAAC Championship in the 10-team tournament in Florida each of the last two times (2006 and 2010). Canisius defeated Manhattan in three sets in 2006... Canisius won two of the three meetings with Fairfield on the season and the Griffs were 3-17 in its last 20 matches against Fairfield prior to this season... Davis had 30-plus assists in the final five matches of the season while Severyn had 20-plus digs in the final five matches as well... Brawn totaled 40 kills in the final 13 sets of 2010... Good's 11 kills gave her double-digit kills in 20 matches.