Canisius College (9-8, 6-1 MAAC) vs. Fairfield University (12-7, 7-2 MAAC)
Saturday, Oct. 13 — 2 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center
Video: GoGriffs.com and MAAC.TV
Audio: Kyle Ferrara (p-x-p)
Match No. 19
Canisius College vs. Iona College (6-13, 3-4 MAAC)
Sunday, Oct. 14 — 2 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center
NOTING THE GRIFFS
- The Canisius College volleyball team continues its stretch of five out of six matches in the Koessler Athletic Center by hosting Fairfield University on Saturday, and Iona College on Sunday.
- Canisius saw its program-record seven-match winning streak come to an end in last weekend’s four-set loss to rival Niagara University. It was the first loss for the Golden Griffins in conference play this season and their first regular-season MAAC loss in 13 matches.
- Canisius enters the weekend at 6-1 in MAAC play, sitting alone in first place atop the conference standings. Fairfield starts the weekend in second place with a 7-2 record and while Iona is in sixth place at 3-4.
- Canisius is 6-1 to start the conference schedule for the second time in the last three years.
- Fairfield swept the season series between the teams last season, winning both matches in five sets. The teams have split their last four matches in the Koessler Athletic Center.
- Iona has won the last six meetings between the teams with the most recent Canisius win coming on Sept. 19, 2009, in the KAC.
- Senior Allyson Severyn needs three digs to become the second player in program history and fourth player in conference history with 2,000 career digs. The Lancaster, N.Y. native needs 99 digs to set the program record and ranks 18th nationally in digs per set (5.44).
- In conference play, senior Samantha Good ranks second in the MAAC in attack percentage (.365) and blocks per set (1.00).
- In the Sept. 30 match against Manhattan, Good became the ninth player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills.
- Canisius is one of three schools, along with Fairfield and Siena, to have 10 or more MAAC wins in at least five of the last six seasons.
- The Golden Griffins rank third in the MAAC with 71 regular-season conference wins since the start of the 2006 season. The Griffs have a .617 winning percentage in conference play during that span.
- Canisius was picked fifth in the preseason coaches’ poll. Fairfield was selected as the league favorite, followed by Niagara, Manhattan and Siena. Marist was picked sixth.
- Canisius has finished in the top four of the conference four times in the last six seasons (2006, 2008, 2010, 2011).
- The 2012 MAAC Championship will be held Nov. 17-18, at Alumni Hall on the campus of Fairfield University.
- Fairfield enters Saturday’s match with a 12-7 overall record and 7-2 record in conference play. The Stags have won five straight matches and their 12 wins are the most of any team in the MAAC this season.
- In MAAC play, Fairfield is fourth in attack percentage (.215), first in opponents’ attack percentage (.136), second in blocks per set (2.17), fourth in service aces per set (1.37) and fourth in digs per set (19.43).
- Sophomore Caitlin Stapleton, the reigning MAAC Player of the Week, leads the team at 3.29 kills per set while hitting .252. Senior Brianna Dixion is averaging 3.20 kills per set and hitting .233. Junior Rachel Romansky leads the MAAC at 10.71 assists per set while Kara Reis is sixth in the MAAC at 5.23 digs per set.
- Iona comes to Western New York with a 6-13 overall record and 3-4 record in the MAAC. The Gaels have lost their last four conference matches after starting MAAC play with three wins
- In MAAC play, Iona is first in attack percentage (.225), third in opponents’ attack percentage (.160), seventh in blocks per set (1.47), third in service aces per set (1.47) and first in digs per set (20.20).
- Sophomore Catrina Warren ranks second in the conference with a .324 attack percentage and is seventh in the league at 3.07 kills per set - the only player in the MAAC to rank in the top seven of both categories. Caris Myles is fifth in the MAAC in assists per set (9.07) while Theresa Harvey is fourth in the league in digs per set (5.36).