Four different players had at least 16 kills for the Siena Saints who defeated the Canisius College volleyball team 30-18, 29-31, 30-22, 30-14, Sunday afternoon in Loudonville, N.Y. to end the Griffs’ winning streak at three.
Junior Brittany Gerde (Cincinnati, Ohio) led Canisius (6-13, 4-4 MAAC) with 10 kills while sophomore Michelle Godfrey (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) hit .538 by totaling seven kills on 13 attack attempts. Freshman Michella Domo (Vancouver, B.C.) had eight total blocks (one solo block and seven block assists) while Gerde had two solo blocks and three block assists to go with 15 assists.
Siena (13-3, 8-0) started hot, winning the first four points and never relinquishing the lead to take the first game. The Griffs responded in the second game by hitting .265 to the match at one game apiece. Canisius won the first three points of the game and just the like Saints, never relinquished the lead. Siena tied the score four times, but with the score tied 29-29, Canisius wont he last two points to square the match.
The Saints then took the next two games to win the match. The teams were tied at 20-20 in the third game before a six-point Siena run broke it open. In the fourth game, took the early lead by winning nine of the first 11 points and never looked back.
“We fought hard today, but the team was never in sync,” Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. “Instead of trying to go out and win the match, we played not to make mistakes.”
Kelly Hummel led Siena with 20 kills while April London had 64 assists. Kathi Kobayashi led all players with 19 kills.
Canisius comes back to Western New York for a home-and-home series with Niagara next weekend. The Griffs host the Purple Eagles on Friday, with match time in the Koessler Athletic Center set for 6 p.m.
Match Notes: Godfrey’s attack percentage of .538 was the second highest in career in matches where she had at least 10 attack attempts. Godfrey hit .667 against Quinnipiac last season... The eight blocks by Domo tied her career high... The Griffs have double-digit blocks in the last five matches, which is the most since the team closed last season with a stretch of eight straight.
Siena Ends Volleyball's Win Streak at Three
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics