Canisius College (11-8, 8-1 MAAC) at Niagara University (9-10, 6-3 MAAC)
Wednesday, Oct. 17 — 6 p.m.
Gallagher Center — Lewiston, N.Y.
NOTING THE GRIFFS
- The Canisius College volleyball team plays its only midweek match of the conference schedule with Wednesday night’s Battle of the Bridge match at rival Niagara University in the Gallagher Center.
- Through the first half of the conference schedule, Canisius is in first place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings with an 8-1 record in league play. The Golden Griffins have two fewer losses than any of the other nine teams in the conference.
- The 8-1 record is the best start to conference play in program history.
- Niagara defeated Canisius in four sets (25-22, 16-25, 25-20, 25-18) in the team’s first meeting on Oct. 6, in the Koessler Athletic Center.
- Niagara has won the last eight meetings between the teams, with the last Canisius win coming on Nov. 15, 2008, in the KAC.
- The last Canisius win in the Gallagher Center came in a five-set victory on Oct. 22, 2008 as Canisius swept the season series during the 2008 season.
- Dating back to last season, Canisius has won 14 of its last 15 regular-season matches against MAAC opponents.
- In the Oct. 13 match against Fairfield, senior Allyson Severyn became the second player in program history and fourth player in conference history with 2,000 career digs. The Lancaster, N.Y. native needs 41 digs to set the program record and ranks 12th nationally in digs per set (5.57).
- On Monday, Severyn was named the MAAC Libero of the Week for the third time this season. Severyn is the only MAAC libero to win the award more than once this season.
- In conference play, senior Samantha Good ranks third in the MAAC in attack percentage (.349) and second in blocks per set (1.03).
- 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 73 regular-season conference wins since the start of the 2006 season. The Griffs have a .624 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.
BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE
- This matchup for Canisius and Niagara is the second of two Battle of the Bridge matchups between the schools in volleyball.
- After Niagara’s win in the first volleyball match along with their win in Saturday’s men’s soccer game, the Purple Eagles hold a 3-0 lead in the competition.
- The Battle of the Bridge is an all-sports competition between the schools. Points are awarded for all regular-season, conference match-ups between the schools, except for cross country, swimming and diving and golf where the points are awarded based on results in the MAAC Championship.
- After an 18.5-14.5 victory last year, Canisius has now won four of the last five competitions.
- Canisius needs 16.5 total points to retain the Cup while Niagara needs 17 total points to reclaim the Cup.
- Wednesday’s volleyball matchup is worth one point.
- Niagara enters Wednesday’s match with a 9-10 overall record and a 6-3 record in conference play. The Purple Eagles had a three-match winning streak snapped in a three-set loss (25-17, 26-24, 30-28) to Fairfield on Saturday.
- In MAAC play, Niagara is third in attack percentage (.217), fifth in opponents’ attack percentage (.178), fourth in blocks per set (1.75), second in service aces per set (1.50) and seventh in digs per set (16.88).
- Senior Kari Honomichl ranks second in the conference in kills per set (3.65) while junior Ellen Senf is ninth in the MAAC in attack percentage (.286) and 10th in kills per set (2.85). Michelle James is fourth in the MAAC in assists per set (9.38) while Allison Reis is fifth in digs per set (5.17). Taylor Edmonds leads the conference in service aces per set (0.45).