Canisius College (12-10, 9-3 MAAC) at Rider University (10-11, 4-8 MAAC)
Saturday, Oct. 27 — 1 p.m.
Lawrenceville, N.J. — Alumni Gymnasium
Match No. 24
Canisius College at Loyola University (13-10, 6-6 MAAC)
Sunday, Oct. 28 — 2 p.m.
Baltimore, Md. — Reitz Arena
NOTING THE GRIFFS
- The Canisius College volleyball team leaves Western New York for the first time since the end of September, traveling to Rider University on Saturday, and then playing at Loyola University on Sunday.
- Entering the weekend, Canisius is in a tie for second place in the conference standings with a 9-3 record place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings. Fairfield holds sole possession of first place with a 10-3 record in MAAC play.
- Since the MAAC went to a double round-robin format in conference play for the 2006 season, Canisius starts 9-3 for the third time (2006 and 2008).
- In the first meetings between the teams earlier this season in the Koessler Athletic Center, Canisius defeated Rider in three sets (25-17, 25-20, 25-23) and also swept Loyola (25-8, 25-17, 26-24).
- Canisius has won the last 13 meetings with Rider and has defeated Loyola in seven of the last nine meetings between the teams. The Griffs and the Greyhounds have split their last six meetings in Baltimore.
- Dating back to last season, Canisius has won 15 of its last 18 regular-season matches against MAAC opponents.
- In the Oct. 21 match against Fairfield, senior Allyson Severyn became the program’s all-time leader in career digs, passing the record of 2,095 set by Jess Stackhouse (2004-07).
- Severyn, a three-time MAAC Libero of the Week this season, ranks 16th nationally in digs and is the fourth player in MAAC history to record 2,000 digs in a career.
- Entering the week, senior Samantha Good is tied for third in the MAAC in conference play in attack percentage (.329) and is first in blocks per set (1.02).
- 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 74 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.
- Rider enters the week with a 10-11 overall record and 4-8 record in conference play. The Broncs have reached the double-digit figure in wins for the first time since the 2005 campaign.
- Rider has won three of its last four home matches, including five-set wins over Manhattan and Iona.
- Senior Stephanie Nagy leads the team with a .315 attack percentage while Jaclyn Webber is first on the team at 2.70 kills per set. Brittany Gajewski is third in the league with a 5.50 digs per set average.
- In MAAC play, Rider is eighth in attack percentage (.178), seventh in opponents attack percentage (.200), ninth in blocks per set (1.34), 10th in service aces per set (0.89) and fourth in digs per set (18.87).
- Loyola enters the weekend with a 13-10 overall record and 6-6 record in conference play. The Greyhounds are 5-2 at home this season and have won their last three matches, which all came on the road.
- In MAAC play, Loyola is sixth in hitting percentage (.202), eighth in opponents attack percentage (.210), seventh in blocks per set (1.54), fourth in service aces per set (1.45) and seventh in digs per set (16.57).
- Junior Jac Bullock leads the MAAC in attack percentage (.360) while sophomore Mindy Maloney is seventh (.305). Faye Lukas leads the MAAC in kills per set (3.74) with Bullock ranking sixth (3.29). Lauren Andersen is third in the MAAC in assists per set (10.29).