The Canisius College volleyball team saw its five-match winning streak come to an end Saturday afternoon, in a four-set loss at Marist. The Red Foxes defeated the Golden Griffins 14-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-22.
Three Golden Griffins recorded double-digit kills, led by 13 from sophomore Renee Lettow. Senior Brittany Gerde added 10 kills while freshman Danielle Brawn had her first career double-double with 10 digs and a career-high 10 kills. Frshman Carley Youngman recorded a career-high 21 digs.
"We lost to a much-improved Marist team today, who has played us tough in both of our matchups this season," Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. "We're learning on the fly how to play without Morgan and need to find a better way to mesh as a unit."
The teams played a streaky first set -- with Marist winning the opening five points of the match. Canisius (14-7, 9-3 MAAC) would respond by winning 20 of 21 points, getting three aces from Sarah Podlesh, four kills from Brawn and three kills from Gerde. Canisius would win the set on a Marist attack error.
Marist would win the next two sets, highlighted by totaling 17 kills and zero errors on 28 attack attempts in the second set. The teams played a closer third set, with Marist taking control early with a 6-1 run to go up 10-4. Canisius came right back by winning five of six points to make it 11-9, but that would be as close as the Griffs got with Marist winning the set on a kill by Alexandra Schultze.
Marist jumped out early in the fourth set, winning six conescutive points to build a 9-3 lead. Once again, the Griffs came right back by winning five straight points to get within one. Canisius tied the set on five occasions, but could never take the lead as the Red Foxes closed out the match.
Joanna Foss led Marist (11-13, 6-5) with 18 kills while Schultze totaled 14 kills. Dawn Jan had 47 assists and Cassie Campbell had 20 digs.
The Golden Griffins wrap up their weekend road trip at Siena. Match time is set for 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Match Notes: Lettow's hitting percetage of .400 is a season high... The sophomore is averaging 3.44 kils per set during the past two matches... Brawn is averaging 3.67 digs per set in the past two matches... With three aces against the Red Foxes, Podlesh leads the team with 32 service aces and is the first Golden Griffin to ever have 30 aces in four seasons at Canisius... Canisius lost to Marist for the fourth time in 18 all-time meetings between the schools... Canisius fell to 6-2 when winning the first set.