Cornell freshman Elizabeth Bishop posted a double-double with 21 kills and 14 digs to help lead the Big Red to a 3-1 (30-26,25-30,30-22,30-27) win over Canisius College Friday night in the Koessler Athletic Center. The win was Cornell’s sixth-straight victory, and improves the team to 7-1 overall. The loss snaps the Griffs’ two-match winning streak and drops the team to 6-9 in 2003.
Four Canisius players posted double digit kills in the loss, led by sophomore Leigh Launhardt and her season best 21 kills on 37 attempts. Freshman Mary Boller posted a career-high 18 kills and three service aces, while juniors Kim Hoffman and Christina Wildes each pounded 11 kills. Senior setter Jackie Reed was credited with 53 assists in the losing effort for the Blue and Gold.
Bishop hit .400 for the game (21-4-45) as Cornell hit .353 as a team in the win. Senior outside hitter Debbie Quibell became the first Cornell volleyball player in school history to post 1,000-career kills and 1,000-career digs after finishing the night with seven kills and a game-high 21 digs. Setter Whitney Fair was credited with 53 assists, six kills and five digs in the winning effort for the Big Red.
As a team, Canisius hit .271 in the loss. Wildes posted a team-high 17 digs, while Hoffman and freshman libero Nicole Phillips had 12 digs apiece.
The Golden Griffins will return to action Saturday, Sept. 27, at home against Fairleigh Dickinson. The match will be the first time these two schools have met since the 1996 season. Game time is set for 5 p.m.