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Iona Sweeps Volleyball 3-0

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 10/22/2005
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The Iona College volleyball team picked up its fifth-straight victory with a 3-0 (30-28, 30-23, 30-27) win over the Canisius College Golden Griffins Sunday afternoon in the Koessler Athletic Center. The win improves the Gaels to 9-15 overall and moves Iona into sole possession of first place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 4-0 record, while Canisius slips to 8-13 overall and 2-2 in league play.

Iona’s Kristin Allain was credited with a match-high 14 kills to go with three digs, two block assists and two service aces, with teammate Miki Hogg adding 13 kills, a solo block and three block assists. As a team, Iona hit .198 for the match and recorded 13 aces, led by Chelsea White’s match-high five.

Canisius junior Mary Boller led the way offensively for the Blue and Gold with 11 kills. Fellow junior Leigh Launhardt was good for eight kills and nine block assists, which tied a 12-year school record for block assists in a three-game match. Sophomore Morgan Ammons was credited with eight kills in the loss for Canisius, while also posting a career-high five block assists. As a team, Canisius recorded 13-total team blocks, highlighted by a school record 24 block assists in the losing effort.

Canisius led the first game by a 25-19 score before Iona ran off four consecutive points to make the score 25-23. The Griffs took a 28-26 lead after freshman Brittany Gerde recorded one of her five kills on the day, but Iona closed out the match with four-straight points. Iona’s Morgan Young cut the Blue and Gold’s lead to 28-27 with one of her 11 kills, followed by a Canisius ball-handling error, an attack error and a service error to close out the match in favor of the Gaels.

Iona setter Beth Holley was good for a match-high 38 assists and six digs in the win for the Gaels, while White added 19 digs to the winning effort. Canisius junior Aislinn Hayes recorded 17 digs for the Griffs to go with seven kills, while sophomore setter Lauren Lackovich posted 22 assists in the loss.

The Griffs will return to action Oct. 29-30, with a pair of MAAC games at Marist and Siena.
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