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Volleyball Hosts Niagara On Wednesday Night
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 10/01/2013
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Canisius vs. Niagara
Wednesday, Oct. 2 — 6 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center

Live Video: GoGriffs.com and MAAC.TV
Twitter: @GoGriffs
Hashtags: #Griffs  #BeatNiagara


  • The Canisius volleyball team (4-11, 2-2 MAAC) hosts rival Niagara University in a Battle of the Bridge contest in the Koessler Athletic Center on Wednesday night.
  • Canisius is in the middle of a season-long five-match homestand.
  • In its last 28 regular-season matches, Canisius has a record of 21-7.
  • Canisius leads the MAAC with a 2.14 blocks per set average. The Griffs have been in the top three teams of the league in blocks per set at the end of each season since 2006.
  • Canisius posted a season-high 16 blocks in Sunday's five-set loss to Siena.
  • Sophomore Lauren Siebert ranks sixth in the MAAC in attack percentage (.275).
  • Senior Roxanne Hernandez is tied for second in the MAAC in blocks per set (1.07) while junior Emily Litwin is fourth in digs per set (4.46).
  • Canisius was picked third in the MAAC preseason poll. The Griffs have finished in the top four of the conference standings five times in the last seven years.


  • Wednesday is the first of two regular-season meetings between Canisius and Niagara. Each matchup is worth one points in the all-sports Battle of the Bridge competition between the schools.
  • Canisius won the Canal Cup last year for the third consecutive athletic season and for the fifth time in six years.
  • 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. Niagara won the inaugural competition in 2006-07 and also won in 2009-10 while Canisius also won in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
  • Canisius needs 16.5 total points to retain the Cup while Niagara needs 17 points to reclaim the Cup.


  • Niagara enters Wednesday's match with a 1-14 overall record and 0-4 record in the MAAC.
  • Amanda Sedore leads the team at 2.64 kills per set while Melissa McGwin is averaging 1.06 blocks per set.
  • Former Canisius assistant coach Eric Buggs is now an assistant under first-year coach Vilis Ozols.
  • Niagara has won the last nine meetings between the teams with the last Canisius win coming on Nov. 15, 2008, in the KAC. 

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