No. 3 Canisius College (16-12) vs. No. 2 Siena College (20-10)
Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 — 4 p.m.
Alumni Hall — Fairfield, Conn.
Live Video: MAAC.TV (pay-per-view)
NOTING THE GRIFFS
- The Golden Griffins rank third in the MAAC with 78 regular-season conference wins since the start of the 2006 season. The Griffs have a .619 winning percentage in conference play during that span.
- Canisius is making its 11th appearance in the MAAC Championship in program history. Canisius is looking for its first conference championship in program history and also its first apperance in the title game of the MAAC Championship.
- Canisius and Siena last met in the postseason in 2008, when the Saints defeated the Griffs in four sets in the semifinals of the MAAC Championship held in Loudonville.
- Canisius ranks 92nd nationally in blocks per set (2.29) and lead the MAAC with a 2.41 blocks per set average in conference play. Canisius also leads the league in conference play at 1.54 service aces per set.
- A two-time MAAC Player of the Week, Samantha Good led the MAAC with a .369 attack percentage in conference play as well as a league-best 1.07 blocks per set average. The .369 attack percentage was the best by a Golden Griffin in MAAC play since Mary Boller (.372) in 2006 and best by any MAAC player since Fairfield’s Katie Mann (.392) in 2009.
- On Nov. 6, Good was one of 12 players selected by the Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) as a Top Performer in the country. On the previous weekend, Good had the most productive weekend of her career, averaging 4.71 kills per set and 1.57 blocks per set to go along with a .609 attack percentage and six service aces.
- In the Oct. 21 match against Marist, 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 has been named the MAAC Libero of the Week four times this season - the most of any libero in the conference. She ranks 14th nationally in digs per set (5.69) and is the fourth player in MAAC history to record 2,000 digs in a career.
- Severyn needs 26 digs to break her own single-season program record for digs in a season. Severyn enters the postseason with 603 digs in 2012 after having 628 digs during her sophomore season of 2010.
- In the five-set loss to Iona on Nov. 10, Canisius lost for the first time this season when posting a higher attack percentage than its opponent. The Griffs hit .232 while the Gaels hit .209.
SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
- Senior Allyson Severyn ranks second in the MAAC in digs per set (5.69). A four-time MAAC Libero of the Week this season and the 2010 MAAC Libero of the Year, Severyn has double-digit digs in all 28 matches this season and in the last 40 matches dating back to last season.
- Senior Samantha Good, a two-time All-MAAC selection and the 2010 MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, is averaging 3.95 kills per set and has a .469 attack percentage in the last five matches. Good has double-digit kills in 56 career matches and four or more blocks in 47 career matches.
- Junior Emily Elek is second on the team in kills per set (2.26) and third on the team in digs per set (2.08). Elek has five double-doubles on the season and averaged 3.38 digs per set in the two matches last weekend.
- Junior Roxanne Hernandez leads the team and is second in the MAAC with a 0.93 blocks per set average. An All-Tournament Team selection at the season-opening UB Invitational, the 6-foot-3 middle hitter has at least two blocks in 27 of her last 31 appearances
- Junior Sydney Palka set a program record with 63 assists in the Oct. 21 win over Marist, the most sets by a Golden Griffin in a four-set match. Palka has 30-plus assists in 14 of the last 17 matches and 40 or more assists in eight of the last 13.
- Junior Jessica Warner has a team-high six double-doubles this season, the first six double-doubles of her career. Warner, who has career highs in kills (214), blocks (53), digs (214) and service aces (24), is averaging 2.61 kills per set in her last six starts.
- Senior Logan Sulongga is hitting .327 in the team’s last four matches. Sulongga has double-digit kills in six matches this season and ranks third on the team in blocks per set (0.63).
- Sophomore Emily Litwin is averaging 2.30 digs per set in the last 20 matches and has at least one service ace in 11 of the last 18 matches.
- Freshman Lauren Siebert has at least six kills in three of her last four appearances, including 14 kills and eight blocks in a start against Loyola on Oct. 28.
- Freshman Grace Streicher has appeared in all 28 matches, making two starts. Streicher has 11 service aces in the last 11 matches.
- Freshman Rachel Kline is averaging 2.30 digs per set and 1.60 kills per set in her last 10 sets played.
- Siena enters the MAAC Championship with a 20-10 overall record and a 14-4 record in conference play. The Saints have won their last five matches and 10 of the last 11.
- Siena has finished in the top four of the league’s regular-season standings seven times in the last eight years. The Saints won four straight conference championships - 2005 through 2008.
- Colleen Ahearn ranked fourth in the MAAC with a .324 attack percentage in conference play. Taylor Akana was third in the MAAC in league play at 3.72 kills per set. Sarah Sivertson led the league at 11.72 assists per set and Lesli Akeo was first in the MAAC at 6.47 digs per set.
- In MAAC play, Siena is first in attack percentage (.236), second in opponents attack percentage (.146), third in blocks per set (1.81), fifth in service aces per set (1.29) and sixth in digs per set (17.43).