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Volleyball Adds Six to 2005 Roster

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 08/16/2005
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Canisius College head volleyball coach Cathy Hummel announced today that five players have signed their National Letters of Intent to join the school’s volleyball program and will be a part of the team when the Golden Griffins open the 2005 season Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Akron “Early Bird” Invitational against Robert Morris. Aislinn Hayes (Haslett, Mich.) will also join the team for the 2005 campaign after transferring Central Michigan.

“We are really looking forward to adding this group of players to the returning members of our program,” Hummel said. “We feel very confident that with the core of athletes we have, this group will help our program continue to move forward as we look to compete for a conference championship.”

Morgan Ammons 5-foot-11, Outside Hitter; Findlay, Ohio/Findlay High School Ammons won four varsity letters playing high school volleyball at Findlay High for head coach Amber Brenamen. She was a two-time first team all-district honoree while also earning first team Greater Buckeye League honors in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The daughter of Jon and Lisa Ammons, Morgan plans on majoring in elementary education at the College.

Nicole Faford 5-foot-8, Outside Hitter; East Setuaket, N.Y./Ward-Melville High School Faford joins the Griffs after playing varsity volleyball at Ward-Melville High School, where she helped the Patriots win a New York State Class AA title in 2003. She named to the Newsday All-Long Island Team after her senior season in 2004, when she was also honored as an all-league and all-county player when the team finished as a state runner-up in the Class AA championship game. The daughter of Donald and Lori Faford, Nicole plans on majoring in elementary education with a minor in special education at Canisius.

Brittany Gerde 6-foot, Right Side; Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills High School Gerde is one of two players to sign NLIs from the state of Ohio after closing out her high school career at Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati. She won three varsity letters playing for head coach Jim DeLong, and was selected first team all-conference after her junior and senior seasons. Gerde was also named honorable mention all-city in 2003 and 2004, and joins the Canisius program after posting 212 career assists to go with a 35 percent hitting percentage. An active member in the Key Club and a volunteer with the Special Olympics, Gerde is the daughter of Lou and Sandy Gerde and will major in special education at Canisius.

Katie Parmely 5-foot-10, Middle Blocker/Outside Hitter; Babylon, N.Y./Lindenhurst High School Parmely was an all-county selection in 2004 at Lindenhurst High School where she played for head coach Kellie Block. She was credited with 204 kills, 119 digs and 51 service aces in her senior season after being named an all-league player after the 2003 season. The daughter of Laurie Parmely, Katie plans on majoring in marketing at Canisius.

Sarah Podlesh 5-foot-7, Outside Hitter/Libero; Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland High School Podlesh closed out her high school playing days as the 2005 Section V Player of the Year and a two-time all-state selection after winning three varsity letters at Pittsford-Sutherland High School. She was named all-county three-straight times and also won a gold medal at the 2004 Empire State Games in the scholastic division. Sarah is the daughter of Jack and Jean Podlesh, and her older brother Adam is the punter for the University of Maryland football team, where he has been a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award (the nation’s top collegiate punter) in each of his first two seasons.

Hayes will trade the colors of Central Michigan for the Blue and Gold after playing her first two seasons with the Chippewas. Hayes played in 86 career games in Mount Pleasant, Mich., and was credited with 116 career kills and 113 career digs. She registered a career-high 15 kills in a win over Wisconsin-Green Bay as a sophomore and her 15 service aces in 2004 ranked third on the team.

“The team has been working really hard in this preseason,” Hummel said of the 2005 Griffs. “This group has really raised our early season expectations with their great work ethic. They come to practice every day and have continued to work hard and get better, both as a team and individually.”

Hummel also announced that transfer Jen Smith (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) will redshirt during the 2005 season after undergoing knee surgery Aug. 15. Smith played for three seasons at Binghamton where she ranks in the top-five all-time in school history in kills per game average. Smith was a four-time Niagara Frontier League all-star and was an all-state selection after her senior year at North Tonawanda.

The Griffs will return four starters and six letterwinners from last year’s team that went 11-15 overall and 4-5 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.
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