The Canisius College volleyball team (10-13, 7-6 MAAC) starts its final homestand of the regular season tonight against Buffalo (14-9) with match time in the Koessler Athletic Center set for 7 p.m. The three-match homestand concludes this weekend, when the Griffs host Rider on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Loyola on Sunday for Senior Day at 3 p.m.
NOTING THE GRIFFS
NOTING THE GRIFFS
- Canisius returns home for its last three regular-season home matches in 2009.
- The Griffs start with their final non-conference match of the 2009 season, hosting Buffalo on Tuesday.
- Canisius went 3-7 during the non-conference schedule through the first three weekends of the 2009 season.
- The teams have split their last six meetings and Canisius has won two straight over Buffalo for the first time in series history.
- Prior to Sunday’s match, the Canisius volleyball program will honor its two seniors — Kaela Glenn and Michelle Godfrey.
- Freshman Samantha Good has been named the MAAC Rookie of the Week three times this season.
- In conference play, Good leads Canisius and ranks seventh in the MAAC in kills per set (3.66). On the season, Good also leads the Griffs in kills per set (2.84).
- Sophomore Janelle Davis had a career-high 52 assists against Manhattan on Oct. 17, and a career-high 17 digs against Saint Peter’s on Oct. 18. Davis has played in all 200 sets of her Canisius career.
- Freshman Allyson Severyn ranks first in the MAAC and 12th in the country (first among freshmen) in digs per set (5.43). Severyn has recorded double-digit digs in all 23 matches, the longest streak by a Canisius player in the past 10 years.
- Junior Renee Lettow has a team-best seven double-doubles on the season and now has 15 in her career.
- The first set has been a predictor in 22 of the 23 Canisius matches this season as the Griffs are 10-1 when winning the first set and 0-12 when dropping the opening set.
- Buffalo enters Tuesday’s match with a 14-11 overall record and 5-5 record in the Mid-American Conference. The Bulls have split their two matches in each of their five conference weekends.
- Dani Silver leads the team at 3.49 kills per set while Marisa Hornbaker averages 2.98 kills per set and 2.06 digs per set.
- Tori Beckman leads the team at 4.64 digs per set while Lindsey Schlegel averages 9.93 assists per set.
- Buffalo won 49 of the first 53 meetings, but the teams have split their last six meetings. Canisius has a two-match winning streak in the series for the first time ever and won at Buffalo for just the second time with last season’s four-set victory.
- Rider enters the weekend with a 3-20 overall record and 1-11 record in the MAAC. The only Broncs’ conference win came over first-place Fairfield, which is the only loss for the Stags this season.
- In conference play, Amy Jeary ranks fifth in the conference at 4.88 digs per set.
- Katelyn Thompson leads the team in kills per set (2.29) while Briana Wallace leads the team in attack percentage (.175).
- Canisius has won seven straight against the Broncs and is 11-2 under coach Cathy Hummel against Rider. The Griffs won in four sets at Rider earlier this season.
- Loyola starts the week with an 11-16 overall record and 6-6 record in the MAAC. The Greyhounds are coming off a four-set win over Siena on Sunday.
- In conference play, Nina Camiaoni ranks second in the conference in kills per set (4.73) and eighth in attack percentage (.281).
- Setter Aubrey Kirven (10.10) is one of four players in the MAAC to be averaging more than 10 assists per contest in conference play.
- Dating back to 2006, Canisius has won five of the last eight meetings between the teams, including a five-set victory over Loyola in Baltimore earlier this season.