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Volleyball Drops Four-Set Match to Niagara

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 10/15/2009
Sophomore Layne Adams
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The Canisius College volleyball team lost in four sets to Niagara University in the Koessler Athletic Center on Thursday night. The Golden Griffins fell 25-19, 23-25, 25-21, 25-16. Canisius is now 8-11 overall on the season and 5-4 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Three Golden Griffins had double-digit kills on the night — led by 12 kills apiece from sophomore Layne Adams and junior Renee Lettow, who also had 11 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. Freshman Samantha Good had 11 kills, her seventh consecutive match with double-digit kills. Freshman Allyson Severyn had a match-high 23 digs while sophomore Janelle Davis had a double-double with 34 assists and 11 digs.

“Obviously, it’s disappointing to lose to our rival and have another conference loss,” Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. “One thing is for certain, it’s not in our physical talent, but in the emotion, or lack thereof that we play with, that’s leading to these losses at home.”

Niagara (14-6, 7-2 MAAC) built a 17-12 lead in the first set on a kill from Kari Honomichi. The Griffs responded with a four-point run that included two kills from Adams and two service aces from Davis. The Purple Eagles responded with two quick points and closed the set on an 8-3 run to go up 1-0 in the match.

The second set featured nine ties and five lead changes as the teams were tied at 20-20 after another kill from Honomichi. The Griffs then won three straight points – taking advantage of two Niagara attack errors and a kill from Lettow. The junior scored the final three points in the set for the Griffs, with the third kill tying the match at one set apiece.

With the score tied at 16-16, Niagara used a three-point run to go up 19-16, which proved to be enough cushion. Niagara won nine of 14 points to go up 2-1 in the match on a kill from Hannah Hedrick – one of a match-high 22 kills in the match from Hedrick.

The Purple Eagles scored the opening four points of the fourth set and never looked back, pushing the lead to as many as 11 points at 15-4. Canisius could never get closer than six points the rest of the way.

Canisius continues its homestand with two home matches this weekend. The Golden Griffins host Manhattan on Saturday, with match time set for 2 p.m.

Match Notes: Davis had her second double-double of the season, with the other one coming in the opening match of the season… Canisius lost at home to Niagara for the first time in six meetings… Canisius has lost four consecutive MAAC matches in the Koessler Athletic Center for the first time since the 1999-2000 seasons… Severyn has 20-plus digs in four straight matches… Davis has 30-plus assists in seven straight matches.
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