The visiting Syracuse Orange hit .238 as a team in the fifth and deciding game to hold off the Canisius College Golden Griffins in non-conference volleyball action Wednesday night in the Koessler Athletic Center. Syracuse posted a 3-2 win (30-18, 30-26, 27-30, 28-30, 15-11) to improve to 17-5 overall, while the Griffs fall to 7-10 with the loss.
Canisius seniors Christina Wildes (right) and Kim Hoffman pounded 26 and 21 kills, respectively to lead the way for the Griffs. Wildes, who was named the MAAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, scored her match-high 26 kills on 76 attack attempts. The Long Beach, N.Y., native has posted 20-plus kills in two of the team’s last three matches, and picked up three service aces, 16 digs and four block assists in the losing effort. Hoffman posted a match-high 27 digs and three block assists in the loss, while freshman setter Lauren Lackovich finished the night with a match-high 57 assists to go along with four kills, an ace and a block assist.
Syracuse was led offensively by freshman Cheryl Cobbina, who posted 14 kills with 18 digs, a service ace and three block assists. Teammate Kelly Duan collected 13 kills, six digs and four block assists in the winning effort for the Orange.
Syracuse held a 2-0 lead after the match’s first two games, but the Blue and Gold stormed back, scoring wins in games three and four after hitting .206 as a team. Wildes led the Griffs’ charge, posting 12 of her 26 kills in games three and four. Syracuse hit .152 as a team in the third and fourth game. This marks the second time in three years that the Griffs and Orange have gone to a fifth and deciding game, with Syracuse scoring wins in both matches. Syracuse holds a 14-0 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools.
Canisius sophomore Lindsay Garbacz posted a career-high 20 digs, while fellow sophomore Mary Boller registered 12 kills and seven block assists in the loss. Syracuse junior Aila Dommestrup had a team-high 48 assists in the win for the Orange.
Canisius will return to action Saturday, Oct. 16, when the team plays hosts to Marist in the first MAAC match of the year. The Blue and Gold will also play host to Siena Oct. 17, in the Koessler Athletic Center. Game time on both days is set for 1 p.m.