Using at least five kills from five different players along with a season-high 14 blocks, the Canisius College volleyball team ended its three-match losing streak with a 30-19, 30-26, 30-25 sweep of Manhattan Saturday afternoon at the Koessler Athletic Center.
Michelle Godfrey (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) led Canisius (4-12, 2-3 MAAC) with eight kills to go along with three solo blocks and three block assists. Renee Lettow (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) had seven kills to go along with 12 digs while Brittany Gerde (Cincinnati, Ohio) also had seven kills while totaling 12 assists.
Canisius dominated the first game, by turning a 13-9 lead into a 27-13 advantage with a 14-4 run as four of those points came on Godfrey’s serve. In game two, the Griffs battled back from an early deficit as the Lady Jaspers built a 15-12 lead. Canisius went on a 12-5 run, with six of the points coming from Godfrey’s serve, to take a 24-20 lead as it hung on to go up two games.
No team had taken more than a three-point lead with the score tied at 24-24 in game three. Canisius closed out the game and the match with a 6-1 run to get its second conference win of the season.
“Throughout the entire non-conference and MAAC schedule, today was our best team effort to date,” Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said.
Rita Welsh led Manhattan (3-13, 2-3) with 12 kills while Jackie Kapovich and Andrea Reiff each had nine kills for the Lady Jaspers.
Canisius plays its second home match of the weekend when Saint Peter’s visits the Koessler Athletic Center on Sunday. Match time is set for 2 p.m.
Match Notes: Canisius has won five of the last six against Manhattan...Godfrey had her first service aces since Sept. 3, 2006, against Fordham... The 18 assists for Lauren Lackovich (Bloomington, Ill.) were a season-high for any Canisius player in a three-game match...The third game featured 14 ties and six lead changes... Michella Domo (Vancouver, B.C.) has 15 block assists in the last two matches... Canisius has won 10 of its last 13 home conference matches.
Volleyball Sweeps Manhattan
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics