Volleyball Splits on Day Two of the WNY Invitational
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
The Canisius College volleyball team went 1-1 on Saturday in two non-conference games on the second day of the 2005 WNY Invitational, held in the Koessler Athletic Center. The Golden Griffins were able to sink Navy 3-2 (20-30, 30-28, 32-30, 22-30, 15-10) in their first match before falling to Army 3-1 (30-23, 26-30, 29-31, 19-30) in the nightcap. Canisius is now 2-4 in 2005.
Canisius junior Mary Boller led the way for the Griffs, pounding down a total of 32 kills in the two matches, scoring 16 against Navy and 16 against Army. She was also credited with a solo block and nine block assists. Fellow junior Aislinn Hayes added 29 kills and 24 digs in the two Canisius matches, highlighted by her game-high 17 kills in the Griffs’ win over Navy. Freshman Brittany Gerde collected 22 kills after posting a career best 13 in the team’s win over the Midshipmen. The Blue and Gold’s win over Navy was the program’s first in five all-time meetings with the Midshipmen.
Canisius sophomore setter Lauren Lackovich had a season-high 52 assists in the Griffs’ match against Navy, and then recorded 46 assists and eight digs in the losing effort to Army. Leigh Launhardt had 21-total kills and five block assists for Canisius, while freshman Morgan Ammons was good for a career-high 10 kills in the team’s loss to Army.
In the Griffs’ first match of the day, the Griffs trailed 5-4 in the fifth and deciding game, but ran off six-straight points thanks to the service effort of freshman Sarah Podlesh, as the Griffs scored a 15-10 win to take the match. The Griffs fell in the first game by a 30-20 count, but responded with back-to-back wins, highlighted by a 32-30 win in the third game. Navy (2-1) had three players register double figures in the kills column, led by Beth McArthur, who pounded a match-high 25 kills on 40 attack attempts to go with 17 digs. Ashley Musser and Jessie Sims collected 14 kills apiece, with Musser scoring a match-high six service aces and 33 assists.
In the nightcap, Canisius jumped out to an early 10-2 lead in the first game before Army (2-1) took a timeout. The Griffs led by as many as eight points in game one en route to a 30-23 victory. Army answered with three-straight wins after posting a .281 team hitting percentage in the last three contests. Four Black Knights registered double figures in the kills category, led by Briana Stremick and her team-high 12 kills on 38 attempts. Setter Abby Casciato had 46 assists for Army to go with 10 digs, a solo block and three block assists.
Canisius will close out the 2005 WNY Invitational with a non-conference match against Colgate in the Koessler Athletic Center Sunday, Sept. 4. Game time is set for 1 p.m.