Renee Lettow led Canisius with nine
kills while senior Morgan Ammons had
seven kills for the Griffs. Freshman Janelle
Davis totaled 23 assists while freshman Layne Adams led the team’s block with four block assists.
“We had our worst match of the season when we needed to get a win,” Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. “We have a week ahead of us to regroup and next weekend get to play at home, a place we’ve had success this season.”
Manhattan controlled the first set, winning the first three points and not relinquishing the lead. The Lady Jaspers would win 15 of the final 18 points of the set, including a nine-point run on the serve of Andrea Reiff, to go up 1-0 in the match.
The Lady Jaspers carried that momentum into the second set. With Canisius up 2-1, Manhattan reclaimed the lead with an 8-2 run to make it 10-4 on a kill by Sherryta Stokes. Canisius would only get as close as five points the rest of the way.
Manhattan (10-16, 9-7) would build an early lead for the third consecutive set, going up by as many as five at 11-6, but the Griffs would battle their way back into the set. Canisius chipped away at the lead and tied the match at 17-17 after a Manhattan error. With the scored tied at 18-18, the Lady Jaspers would win five straight points and eventually close out the match.
Sherryta Stokes led all players with 17 kills as Manhattan posted a team attack percentage of .424. Alyssa Getzel recorded a double-doubule with 38 assists and 10 digs.
Canisius wraps up its regular-season schedule on Saturday night, when the Golden Griffins host Niagara on Senior Night at the Koessler Athletic Center. Match time is set for 7 p.m.
Match Notes: Canisius lost to Manhattan for the first time in seven matches... Manhattan has won three of the last five in Riverdale... Sarah Podlesh didn’t record double-digit digs for the first time since Oct. 11, also against Manhattan... Lettow posted an attack percentage of .300 or better for the sixth time in seven matches... During that stretch Lettow is leading the team in kills per set (3.41) and attack percentage (.329).