Canisius College libero Jess Stackhouse (Warsaw, N.Y.) was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year Saturday, as Stackhouse becomes the first player in league history to win the award three times. This year, Stackhouse shared the award with Alison Nieters from Iona. Stackhouse won the award outright as a freshman and shared it as a junior. Stackhouse also was named Second-Team All-MAAC.
In 2007, Stackhouse finished second in the MAAC and 19th in the country with a 5.85 digs per game average, which is the best average in school history. Stackhouse, the first player in school history to earn preseason All-MAAC honors three times, also recorded a 6.45 digs per game average in conference matches.
For the season, Stackhouse finished with 621 digs, which matched her single-season school record set as a junior. A five-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Week as a senior, Stackhouse had at least 30 digs in six matches this season and set the school record for digs in a four-game match with 41 against Iona Sept. 23.
For her career, the 2007 Canisius College Female Athlete of the Year ranks first in program history and first in the MAAC record books with 2,095 digs as she became the first player in school and conference history to reach 2,000 career digs in the team’s win over Rider Oct. 28. Entering the season, 19 players in NCAA Division I history had 2,000 career digs. Also, 10 players had averaged at least 5.00 digs per game throughout their career as Stackhouse finished with a career digs per game average of 5.02.
The Griffs had three student-athletes named to the MAAC All-Academic as Morgan Ammons (Findlay, Ohio), Nicole Fafard (East Setauket, N.Y.) and Stackhouse earned the honors. All three student-athletes received the honor for the second time. To receive the recognition, a student-athlete must have spent two semesters at the institution and have at least a 3.2 grade point average on a scale of 4.0.
Canisius finished its season with an overall record of 12-17 and conference record of 10-8, making Canisius one of three programs in the league to have double-digit MAAC wins in each of the last two seasons.