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Volleyball Heads To MAAC Championship
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 11/18/2011
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2011 MAAC Championship
No. 4 Canisius (15-14, 10-8 MAAC) vs. No. 1 Niagara (23-8, 17-1 MAAC)
Saturday, Nov. 19 — Noon
Yanitelli Center — Jersey City, N.J.
Video Webstream: MAAC.TV


NOTING THE GRIFFS

  • The Canisius College volleyball team will be the No. 4 seed in this weekend’s MAAC Championship, held at the Yanitelli Center on the campus of Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, N.J.
  • Canisius finished in the top four of the conference for the fourth time in the last six seasons (2006, 2008, 2010).
  • Canisius is looking for its first MAAC Championship and for its first trip to the title game of the MAAC Championship.
  • Canisius enters the MAAC Championship on a six-match winning streak, matching the longest winning streak in program history (Oct. 18-Nov. 2).
  • Canisius is the No. 4 seed in the MAAC Championship for the first time since 1993.
  • Senior Janelle Davis ranks fifth in the MAAC in assists per set with a career-high average of 9.39. Davis is also tied for eighth in service aces per set (0.35)  
  • Junior Allyson Severyn is fourth in the conference in digs per set (4.87).
  • Senior Danielle Brawn is fourth in the conference kills per set (3.57).
  • Junior Samantha Good is fourth in the conference in attack percentage (.290).
  • Canisius is one of three schools, along with Fairfield and Siena, to have 10-plus MAAC wins in at least five of the last six seasons. 
  • The Golden Griffins rank third in the MAAC with 65 regular-season conference wins since the start of the 2006 season. The Griffs have a .602 winning percentage in conference play during that span.
  • Seniors Layne Adams and Joanna Burt are the team’s captains for the 2011 season. Adams is a captain for the second consecutive season.
  • The 2011 senior class is the first to make three MAAC Championships since the class of 1993.

WHAT HAD TO GO RIGHT

  • After losing three consecutive home matches, the Golden Griffins stood at 4-8 on Oct. 23, and in seventh place in the MAAC standings with six matches remaining, four back of then-fourth-place Manhattan (7-4) in the loss column.
  • Canisius had to win all six of its matches, since no team with a 9-9 record had ever made a four-team postseason tournament since the double round-robin format started in 2006.
  • In their Nov. 5 meeting, Canisius had to defeat Marist in three sets and have a better point differential than Marist had in their first meeting to win potential tiebreakers. Canisius rallied from a 24-22 third-set deficit and won 28-26. Canisius had a +24 point differential in the win of Marist, beating the +18 differential for the Red Foxes in the Oct. 9 meeting.
  • Canisius needed to have one more conference win than Iona as the Gaels swept the regular-season series. Manhattan helped Canisius with a five-set win over Iona on Nov. 6, rallying from a two sets to none deficit and a 14-12 fifth-set deficit. Fairfield also helped Canisius with a defeat on Iona on the final weekend of the regular season.

MAAC TOURNAMENT HISTORY

  • Canisius is going to the MAAC Championship for the fourth time in the last six 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 8-14 in the postseason.
  • Canisius has never played in the title game of the MAAC Championship.

SCOUTING THE GRIFFS

  • Senior Janelle Davis is averaging a career-high 9.39 assists per set this season. She has posted an attack percentage of .400 or better in 20 matches. Davis leads the team with 36 service aces, nine more than any other Golden Griffin.
  • Senior Danielle Brawn has recorded double-digit kills in 22 matches this season, leading Canisius 20 times this season. Brawn’s 368 kills during her senior season are more than her first three seasons combined (195).
  • Junior Samantha Good leads the the team with a .290 attack percentage, hitting .300 or better in 13 matches this season. Good is averaging 1.02 blocks per set during the last 16 matches and 3.04 kills per set with a .392 attack percentage in the last seven matches.
  • Junior Allyson Severyn leads the team at 4.87 digs per set, averaging 7.25 digs per set in the last four matches. Severyn has 42 matches in her career with 20 or more digs and has a 96.8 service reception percentage in the last 16 matches.
  • Senior Layne Adams is second on the team with a .264 attack percentage. Adams has 309 career blocks, which ranks eighth in program history, and is the MAAC’s active leader in the category. Adams has played in 118 career matches, two away from tying the program record.
  • Sophomore Roxanne Hernandez has started 14 matches this season and is third on the team with 0.65 blocks per set. In the last 11 matches, Hernandez is averaging 2.02 kills per set and a .364 attack percentage. She has hit .333 or better in seven of the last 10 matches.
  • Freshman Olivia Chrzanowski has started 15 of the last 16 matches and has seven or more kills in nine times since Sept. 24. She has a service reception percentage of 93.8 in the last 17 matches.
  • Sophomore Jessica Warner has made 12 starts on the season. Warner set a career high with eight blocks against Fairfield on Oct. 23, the most blocks by a Golden Griffin in a match this season. She has a 95.5 service reception percentage in her last 11 appearances.
  • Sophomore Emily Elek ranks third on the team at 2.19 kills per set. Elek has double-digit kills in nine matches in 2011 and has recorded two double-doubles this year.
  • Senior Joanna Burt is averaging 1.59 digs per set and has recorded at least 10 digs in six matches, including a career-high 16 digs against Manhattan on Oct. 2. Burt has a 95.4 service reception percentage in her last 24 appearances. As a senior, Burt has set career highs in sets played, digs and service reception percentage.
  • Sophomore Sydney Palka had a season-high 12 assists against St. Francis and a season-high 10 digs against Morgan State.

NIAGARA SCOUT

  • The two-time defending champion, Niagara went 17-1 in MAAC regular-season play. The Purple Eagles’ lone MAAC loss came in three sets to Siena on Nov. 5.
  • In MAAC play, Niagara led the conference in hitting percentage (.251) and opponent hitting percentage (.141).  Niagara is first in kills per set (14.11), seventh in blocks per set (1.54) and second in service aces per set (1.86).
  • Sophomore Ellen Senf is sixth in the MAAC with a .282 attack percentage. Senior Hannah Hedrick is third in the MAAC at 3.59 kills per set. Senior Sam Morgan leads the conference at 6.00 digs per set. Junior Kari Honomichl is second in the MAAC at 0.42 service aces per set.

RECAP OF SEASON SERIES

  • Niagara swept the season series from Canisius, winning in four sets in the Gallagher Center on Sept. 24 (25-16, 25-17, 27-29, 29-27), and in three sets in the Koessler Athletic Center on Oct. 19.
  • Fairfield swept the season series from Canisius, defeating the Golden Griffin in five sets each time. The Stags rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the Oct. 23 meeting between the teams in Buffalo.
  • Canisius swept the season series from Siena for the first time in program history. The Griffs rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the Oct. 8 meeting in Loudonville and swept the Saints in Buffalo on Nov. 6.

FAIRFIELD SCOUT

  • Fairfield enters the MAAC Championship as the hottest team in the conference, having won their last seven matches en route to a 16-2 conference record. The Stags have been a top-four seed in 15 of the last 16 MAAC Championships. The Stags won five straight titles from 1997 through 2001.
  • In MAAC play, Fairfield ranks third in the MAAC in hitting percentage (.224), second in opponent hitting percentage (.148), sixth in blocks per set (1.76) and is tied for fourth in service aces per set (1.54).
  • Senior Kendal Dirkin led the MAAC in attack percentage (.343) while Brianna Dixion was eighth in the conference in kills per set (3.17). Kara Reis was fifth in the MAAC in digs per set (4.70).

SIENA SCOUT

  • Siena enters the MAAC Championship with a 11-7 conference record after starting 2-6 in conference play. The Saints won four-straight MAAC Championships (2005-08).
  • In MAAC play, Siena ranks seventh in the MAAC in attack percentage (.200), fourth in opponent attack percentage (.173), first in blocks per set (2.15) and first in service aces per set (1.90).
  • Taylor Akana leads the MAAC in kills per set (4.10) while Colleen Ahearn is fifth in the conference in hitting percentage (.285). Jacqueline Skeen is third in the MAAC in blocks per set (1.00) while Lesli Akeo is third in the MAAC in digs per set (5.05).

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