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Volleyball Earns Split at Bucknell

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 09/16/2005
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Three Canisius College volleyball players had double-digit kills, led by junior Aislinn Hayes' match-high 18, as the Golden Griffins snapped a two-match losing streak with a 3-0 (30-17, 30-28, 30-22) win over Coppin State Saturday afternoon in the nightcap of the Bucknell Invitational. The Griffs fell in their first match of the day to host Bucknell by a 3-1 (30-27, 27-30, 23-30, 28-30) count. Canisius is now 4-6 on the year.

In the Griffs' match against Coppin State, Hayes had 18 kills to go with six digs, while fellow junior Leigh Launhardt added a season-high 15 kills in the winning effort. As a team, Canisius hit .331 against the Eagles, with Launahrdt leading the way with a .636 attack percentage. Junior Mary Boller (right) posted 13 kills, while freshman Brittany Gerde added five to the winning effort.

Sophomore Lauren Lackovich was credited with 50 assists in the victory, while teammate Jess Stackhouse was good for 15 digs. Coppin State slipped to 0-8 with the loss.

Canisius scored a 30-27 win over Bucknell in its first match of the day after hitting .316 in the first game. But Bucknell answered by hitting .378 in game two and .424 in game three en route to a 3-1 win as the host school improved to 7-3 in 2005.

Boller led the way for the Blue and Gold with 22 kills, two solo blocks and three block assists in the loss, while Launhardt was good for 12 kills and three block assists. Lackovich dished out 51 assists in the Bucknell match, which gives her 50-plus assists in three of the Griffs' last four matches. Stackhouse had a team best 20 digs, three assists and a service ace in the losing effort.

Bucknell had four players with double-digit kills, led by Becky Fisher's team-high 13. Libero Chelsea Anderson had a match-high 22 digs to help lead the Bison to the win.

The Griffs will return to action Friday, Sept. 23, with two matches at the Penn/Sheraton Invite, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania. Canisius will open the weekend's action in Philadelphia, Pa., with a non-conference match against St. Francis (NY).

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