The Canisius College volleyball team snapped a nine-match losing streak to conference rival Fairfield with a 3-2 (30-21, 30-24, 13-30, 29-31, 15-13) win over the Stags in the Koessler Athletic Center Saturday afternoon. The win improves the Golden Griffins to 8-12 overall and 2-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, while Fairfield slips to 11-12 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Junior Mary Boller was good for a team-high 14 kills, four solo blocks, five block assists and four digs in the win for the Griffs, with teammate Aislinn Hayes adding 10 kills, eight digs and a service ace. Four different Canisius players were credited with nine kills. Junior Emily McNabb (right) had a career-high nine kills and five block assists coming off the bench for the Blue and Gold, while freshman Brittany Gerde pounded down nine kills to go with a career-high 32 assists and two block assists.
Canisius jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the match after hitting .288 as a team in the day’s first two games. Canisius took the first game 30-21, and was able to post a 30-24 win in the second game on the strength of four team blocks. For the match, the Griffs were credited with 17-total team blocks, with junior Leigh Launhardt finishing the match with three solo blocks and three block assists.
Fairfield responded with wins in games three and four after head coach Jeff Werneke was ejected for receiving a pair of red cards from the officials. The Stags hit .464 as a team in the third game and posted five team blocks, led by sophomore Lindsey Lee, who recorded nine kills for Fairfield to make the match score 2-1. In the fourth game, Fairfield hit .244 with Lee and Kelly Oliver recording five kills apiece to help the Stags to a 31-29 victory. For the match, five Stag playes posted double figures in the kills column, highlighted by Lee’s match-high 24 kills on 48 attack attempts to go with 19 digs and a service ace. Oliver had 15 kills, with teammate Natalie Barba contributing 14 kills, a solo block and three block assists in the loss.
In the fifth and final game of the day, Boller had three kills, while McNabb, Launhardt and Gerde all recorded two kills to help Canisius secure it’s first win over Fairfield since Oct. 28, 1995. The win was the program’s 18th MAAC victory under fifth-year head coach Cathy Hummel, making her the school’s all-time coaching leader in wins against conference rivals.
Sophomore Jess Stackhouse picked up a match-high 20 digs in the win for Canisius. Fairfield’s Jazmin Pa’akula had 17 digs to go with 11 kills and three block assists in the loss.
The Griffs will return to action Sunday, Oct. 24, when they play host to MAAC rival Iona in the Koessler Athletic Center. The match is set to begin at 1 p.m. Iona has won three-straight MAAC matches after dropping Niagara 3-0 on Saturday in Lewiston, N.Y.
Volleyball Holds Off Fairfield for a 3-2 Win
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics