Getting 10 kills and zero errors on 19 attempts from junior Michelle Godfrey and 15 kills from sophomore Renee Lettow, the Canisius College volleyball team defeated Loyola 25-15, 25-21, 20-25, 25-23 at the Koessler Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon. Canisius improves to 12-6 overall and 7-2 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, having won its last three matches and four of five.
Godfrey posted a season-high .526 attack percentage while also totaling two solo blocks and three block assists. Lettow hit a season-high .353 while senior Morgan Ammons had her team-high seventh double-double of the season with 11 kills and 11 digs. Freshman Layne Adams added six block assists while senior Brittany Gerde had five block assists as the Griffs totaled 12 team blocks. Senior Sarah Podlesh led all players with 19 digs.
“That was a much-needed win today against a team that gives us matchup problems,” Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. “Despite its record, Loyola always plays us hard and we’re glad to get another conference win.”
Canisius used big service runs in the first two sets to jump out to the 2-0 lead. Freshman Janelle Davis served the first seven points of the match to give the Griffs the early lead. Loyola would cut the lead to four on two separate occasions, but the Griffs would get a five-point run on the serve of Ammons to re-build its lead and eventually take the set.
Davis had another big service run in the second set, serving seven consecutive points to turn an 11-8 Loyola lead into a 15-11 Canisius advantage. Loyola would chip away, eventually going up 20-19 after a kill by Karlee Woodward. Canisius would come back by winning six of the final seven points to go up 2-0.
Loyola controlled the latter half of the third set, using a 7-1 run to break open a 12-12 tie. Canisius never got closer than four as the Greyhounds made the match two sets to one.
The teams stayed close for the majority of the fourth set. Loyola took a 13-9 lead on a kill by Woodward, but the Griffs responded with a 5-1 run to tie the score at 14-14 on a kill from Godfrey. Loyola held a 23-22 lead on a kill by Christina Greenup, but the Griffs would win the final three points of the match – capped off by a solo block from Godfrey.
Greenup led the Greyhounds with 13 kills while Woodward had 11. Kristen Muscarella had a match-high 42 assists.
Canisius wraps up its four-match homestand on Sunday afternoon, when the Golden Griffins host Rider. Match time is set for 2 p.m.
Match Notes: Canisius is now 5-0 at home this season in MAAC matches... Canisius ended a three-match winning streak by Loyola in the series...The Griffs had double-digit blocks for the second consecutive match and fifth time in nine conference matches... The six blocks by Adams were a career-high... Ammons had double-digit kills for the 14th time in 2008... Canisius has held its opponent to an attack percentage under .200 for the sixth time in seven matches.