Volleyball Drops a Pair in the WNY Invitational
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Crocus finished the night with 10 kills on 23 attack attempts to go along with her two solo blocks and 15 block assists. Teammate Jen Smith registered a .333 hitting percentage after dropping 15 kills on 30 attack attempts to go with seven digs and six block assists. As a team, the Bearcats hit .281 and were credited with 18 total team blocks.
Canisius seniors Christina Wildes and Kim Hoffman had 14 kills apiece in the loss. Freshman Lauren Lackovich had 36 assists and fellow freshman Jess Stackhouse had a team-leading 14 digs.
In the Griffs’ first match of the day, Stony Brook’s Maria Samilo registered a match-high 17 kills and collected five block assists to help lead the visiting Seawolves to a 3-0 (30-23, 30-24, 30-21) victory over the Blue and Gold. Four Stony Brook players posted double digits in kills, led by Samilo. Danielle MacKnight (12 kills), Melissa Votruba (11 kills) and Sarah Bauer (10 kills) led the offensive charge for the Seawolves, with setter Julie Zub collecting a match best 51 assists.
Hoffman led the way for the Canisius offense in the loss to Stony Brook, collecting 14 kills on 35 attack attempts. Mary Boller registered nine kills, a solo block and three block assists, and Stackhouse posted 13 digs in the losing effort for the Griffs.
In the first match of the day, Texas-Arlington improved to 3-0 on the season with a 3-0 (30-23, 30-15, 30-22) win over Buffalo. The Mavericks’ Ashley Van Antwerp pounded 12 kills and picked up 12 digs in the win. As a team, Texas-Arlington was credited with 9.5 blocks against the Bulls, with Torie Dackus, Melissa Marek and Caley Smith posting four block assists. UB’s Tammy Jule led the way for the Bulls with 14 kills on 30 attack attempts. Katie Weekley had 11 kills and two block assists, while teammate Amy Brown was credited with 35 assists in the losing effort.
The Bulls came back in their second match of the day and scored a 3-1 win over Stony Brook to move to 2-2 in 2004, while Stony Brook fell to 2-1 with the loss. Nikki Morrenti finished the second match with a .381 hitting percentage after pounding 21 kills on 42 attack attempts to lead the Bulls. Jule was credited with 15 kills and five block assists, and Weekley scored 12 digs on 27 attack attempts in the winning effort. Brown posted 49 assists for UB, while Molly Schrantz added six kills, three service aces and three block assists.
Stony Brook’s Melissa Votruba led the Seawolves with 16 kills on 30 attack attempts, with teammates Morgan Sweany (13 kills), Bauer (12 kills) and Samilo (11 kills) all registering double figures in the kills category. Zub picked up 50 assists and 11 digs from her setter position for Stony Brook in the loss.
Canisius will return to action Wednesday night, Sept. 8, as the team travels to cross-town rival Buffalo for a non-conference match. Game time in UB's Alumni Arena is set for 7 p.m.