The Canisius College volleyball team will be back in action this weekend when the Golden Griffins host two Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matches in the Koessler Athletic Center. The Griffs enter the weekend with a 3-11 overall record, 1-2 in the MAAC. The team picked up its first conference win over Marist last Sunday with a five-set victory by scores of 30-24, 22-30, 30-26, 25-30, 15-12.
The Griffs will play host to conference power Fairfield on Saturday at 7 p.m., before hosting conference rival Iona on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Blue and Gold are led by the freshman duo of Christina Wildes (Long Beach, N.Y.) and Kim Hoffman (West Babylon, N.Y.). Wildes leads the team with 145 kills on the season, and ranks 10th in the conference with 3.085 kills per game. Hoffman leads the team with 166 digs through the team's first 14 matches, which is good enough to rank her sixth in the MAAC in digs per game with 3.46.
Junior setter Kelly Sieber is the league leader in service aces, averaging .60 aces per contest. She leads Canisius with 29 aces, which moves her into 10th place all-time in service aces scored in one season.
Jennifer Debee (Boca Raton, Fla.) is currently ranked second in the conference with a hitting percentage of .322. Last weekend the junior middle hitter was credited with a team-high 12 kills in a three-set loss at Siena. She leads the team with 11 solo blocks, and is third with 89 kills.
Fairfield enters the KAC with a three-match winning streak. The Stags defeated conference rival Iona 3-1 Oct. 24, upping their record to 12-9 overall, 4-1 in the conference. The Stags' lone MAAC loss was to St. Peter's College Oct. 14, 3-0. The loss snapped Fairfield's 50-match winning streak.
The Griffs won't have much time to rest after Saturday's match with Fairfield, as the team is scheduled to get right back on the floor Sunday against Iona. Iona is 9-10 overall, 2-2 in the conference.
The Gaels are coming off the conference loss to Fairfield, which snapped a three-match winning streak for the squad. Junior outside hitter Kathy Kunath leads the offensive attack for Iona. She is tops on the team with 242 kills, while also adding 27 service aces.