Freshman Michella Domo (Vancouver, B.C.) had 13 kills and hit .632 while senior Jess Stackhouse (Warsaw, N.Y.) had 23 digs as the Canisius College volleyball team swept Niagara 30-28, 30-23, 30-25 Friday night at the Koessler Athletic Center. Canisius (7-13, 5-4 MAAC) has now won four of its last five matches.
Brittany Gerde (Cincinnati, Ohio) had nine kills for the Golden Griffins while Renee Lettow (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) set a career high with 17 digs.
The first game was the closest of the match as it featured 16 tie scores and six lead changes. Niagara went up 6-3 early, but Canisius eventually tied it at 11-11. With the score tied at 22-22, the Griffs broke open the game using a 5-1 run. The Purple Eagles tried to steal the game as they tied it at 28-28 but a kill by Domo and a Niagara attack error gave the Griffs the first game.
Canisius took early leads in the next two games, with both runs coming on the serve of Lauren Lackovich (Bloomington, Ill.). The Griffs went up 7-1 in the second game and never looked back en route to the seven-point game-two victory. In the third game, the Griffs took an even bigger lead, going up 10-1, but the Purple Eagles chipped away and got as close as 22-21. Canisius pulled away by winning six of the nine points and eventually getting the victory.
“Tonight was an especially nice win for our team,” Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. “We now have a winning record in the conference and got a win over our crosstown rival.”
Raelean Rush had a double-double for the Purple Eagles with 12 kills and 16 digs. Nicole Piette led Niagara (4-13, 2-7) in kills (15) and attack percentage (.308).
Canisius and Niagara complete their home-and-home series on Sunday, when the teams play in the Gallagher Center. Match time is set for 2 p.m.
Match Notes: Canisius has won six of the last seven between the schools... Domo has hit above .400 in a match eight times... Lettow has 65 digs in the last 23 games... The .125 attack percentage for Canisius was its lowest in a win since Sept. 10, 2004, when the team hit .088 against Quinnipiac... Niagara actually outhit Canisius in the third game .083 to .071, but the Purple Eagles had 13 service errors... Canisius takes a 4-0 lead in the Battle of the Bridge, a year-long competition between the schools.
Volleyball Sweeps Niagara
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics