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Volleyball Continues Winning Ways on the Road at Rider

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 10/11/2009
Freshman Allyson Severyn
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The Canisius College volleyball team extended its perfect record in conference road matches with a four-set win at Rider on Sunday. The Golden Griffins won 25-22, 25-11, 21-15, 25-16 to improve to 8-10 overall and 5-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Freshman Samantha Good led all players with 18 kills. Junior Renee Lettow had her fifth double-double of the season with 12 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore setter Janelle Davis had 31 assists and nine digs. The Canisius back row had three players with double-digit digs — freshman Allyson Severyn had 21 digs while senior Kaela Glenn and sophomore Carley Youngman each had 12 digs.

“We got a great team effort on the road for the second consecutive day,” Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. “Now we need to carry this momentum to our game on Thursday against our rivals and look to finish the first half of the MAAC schedule on a strong note.”

The Griffs broke open the second set by scoring five consecutive points midway through, to extend a 10-9 lead into a 15-9 advantage – a run that included two kills from Good. The Broncs would cut the Canisius lead to one point on five separate occasions, but a kill from Michelle Godfrey closed out the set.

Canisius dominated the second set – taking the first three points and never looking back. The Griffs quickly pushed the lead to 13-3 and cruised to a 2-0 lead in the match.

Rider (3-16, 1-7) took control of the third set by using a 7-1 run to turn a 16-15 Canisius lead into a 22-17 Rider advantage. The Broncs won the set on a kill from Brittany Hayes.

The Griffs used a 10-3 run in the fourth set to build a 19-9 lead, which included three kills from Lettow. Rider scored three straight points late in the set to make it 24-16, but a Rider error clinched the match for the Griffs.

Canisius returns to the court on Thursday, to begin a stretch of three home matches in four days. The Golden Griffins host Niagara on the Koesslser Athletic Center on Thursday, with match time set for 6 p.m.

Match Notes: Canisius starts 4-0 in MAAC road games for the first time in program history. The Griffs are now 6-1 in true road matches (non-neutral) on the season… Canisius defeated Rider for the seventh consecutive meeting… Davis had 30-plus assists for the fifth consecutive match… The 12 digs for Youngman were a season-high… Glenn had 12 digs for the second consecutive match and had double-digit digs for the fourth time in six matches… Good led the team in kills for the fifth time in six matches.
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