- The Canisius College volleyball team closes out its 2008 regular-season road schedule with a trip to Iona and Manhattan.
- The Golden Griffins are 11-4 in the MAAC, holding a two-match lead over Marist and Iona, who are currently tied for fourth place in the conference standings. The top four teams qualify for the MAAC Championship — Nov. 22-23 at Siena.
- Canisius is one of three programs in the MAAC, along with Fairfield and Siena, to win double-digit conference matches each of the last three seasons.
- Senior Sarah Podlesh was named the MAAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, after averaging 5.00 digs per set in the Golden Griffins’ two victories last weekend.
- Head coach Cathy Hummel recorded her 100th career victory with the 3-0 win over Saint Peter’s Nov. 2.
- Senior Morgan Ammons is one of three players in the conference to rank in the top 10 of hitting percentage and kills per set.
- Three Golden Griffins — Janelle Davis, Brittany Gerde and Sarah Podlesh — have played in all 97 sets this season.
- Freshman Janelle Davis has been named the MAAC Rookie of the Week four times — Oct. 20, Oct. 13, Sept. 22 and Sept. 2. Davis is the first player in program history to win the award more than two times in one season. Davis is also the only freshman in the conference to win the award four times in 2008.
- Canisius has held its opponents to an attack percentage under .200 in nine of the last 13 matches and is 8-1 in those eight matches.
- Canisius is 8-0 at home this season in MAAC home matches and has won 13 of 15 and 22 of its last 27 league matches in the Koessler Athletic Center.
- Canisius is 6-2 this season in five-set matches.
- Canisius has won three times this season after losing the first two sets of the match. Prior to 2008, the Griffs had won a match when it trailed 2-0 four times in 19 seasons.
- Iona enters the weekend in a tie with Marist for fourth place in the conference standings, posting an 8-6 MAAC record.
- The Gaels have qualified for the MAAC Championship each of the last two seasons.
- In the MAAC, Iona ranks fourth in attack percentage, first in opponent attack percentage, seventh in kills pser set, third in service aces pet set and first in digs per set.
- Sarah Wiener leads the team at 2.94 kills per set as six Gaels average at least 1.70 kills per set. Allison Nieters leads the MAAC at 5.71 digs per set.
- Manhattan enters the weekend with a 7-7 conference record, sitting alone in sixth place and one game behind Marist and Iona in fourth place.
- The Lady Jaspers won both of their matches last weekend and are in the middle of a five-match homestand.
- Manhattan ranks sixth in attack percentage, ninth in opponent attack percentage, third in kills per set, seventh in blocks per set, ninth in service aces per set and 10th in digs per set.
- Sherryta Stokes leads the team at 3.50 kills per set and is first among the team’s hitters with a .232 attack percentage.
HISTORY AGAINST THE WEEKEND’S OPPONENTS
- Canisius leads the all-time series 13-11 with Manhattan and the teams have split their last four meetings in Riverdale.
- Overall, the Golden Griffins have won the last six meetings with the Lady Jaspers and have won 18 of the 22 sets in those matches.
- Iona leads the all-time series with Canisius 13-9 and have won eight of the last nine meetings between the teams in New Rochelle.
- Overall, Canisius has won four of the last five meetings with Iona, including a three-set victory over the Gaels at the Koessler Athletic Center in 2008.
DOUBLE-DIGIT MAAC WINS
- The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference switched to an 18-match conference schedule for the 2006 season. In the three years of the new schedule, Canisius is 35-16 in the MAAC.
- The Golden Griffins are one of three programs to win at least 10 conference matches in each of the past three seasons. Canisius went 14-4 in 2006 and 10-8 in 2007.
- Canisius, along with Siena and Fairfield, are the only schools in the MAAC to win double-digit MAAC matches in each of the past three seasons.