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Volleyball Heads to Siena and Marist, Looking to Make Run at MAAC Championship
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 11/05/2009
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The Canisius College volleyball team (11-15, 8-7 MAAC) ends the regular season with three road matches, starting with this weekend's trip to Siena (11-12, 9-5 MAAC) and Marist (15-10, 9-5), who are in a tie for third place in the conference standings. The Golden Griffins close out the 2009 regular season against teams in the top four of the conference standings, giving them an opportunity to make a run at a spot in the MAAC Championship.

NOTING THE GRIFFS

  • Canisius starts a three-game road trip that ends the regular season schedule, starting with two matches this weekend, taking on Siena and Marist.
  • All three matches left on the regular-season schedule are against teams in the top four of the MAAC standings, enabling Canisius to make a run at the postseason.
  • Canisius is currently in fifth place in the MAAC, 1.5 games behind Marist and Siena, who are tied for third place in the MAAC standings and currently occupy the final two spots in the MAAC Championship.
  • Canisius is looking to end a two-match road losing streak as the Griffs are 6-3 in road matches during the 2009 season.
  • Freshman Samantha Good, a three-time MAAC Rookie of the Week, leads Canisius, as well as all MAAC freshmen, with a .271 attack percentage and 3.45 kills per set average in conference matches.
  • 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 209 sets of her Canisius career.
  • Freshman Allyson Severyn ranks third in the MAAC and 20th in the country (second among freshmen) in digs per set (5.19). Severyn recorded double-digit digs in the first 23 matches of the season, the longest streak by a Canisius player in the past 10 years. Severyn’s streak ended on Oct. 27, against Buffalo when Severyn moved to outside for two-plus matches.
  • 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 25 of the 26 Canisius matches this season as the Griffs are 11-1 when winning the first set and 0-14 when dropping the opening set.
SIENA SCOUT
  • Siena enters the weekend with an 11-12 overall record and 9-5 record in the MAAC, sitting in a tie for third place with Marist.
  • The Saints have won three of their last four matches, including a four-set win over Fairfield on Oct. 31.
  • In conference play, senior Burgandy McCurty leads the league and the country at 5.87 kills per set, more than one kill per set better than any other player in the league. Audrey Bobo ranks third in the MAAC at 4.54 kills per set. McCurty is fifth in attack percentage (.301) while Bobo is third (.324).
  • McCurty was named MAAC Player of the Week for the third time this season on Monday, after moving back into the middle hitter spot in the rotation last week, while freshman Sarah Sivertson was named MAAC Rookie of the Week after averaging 3.57 kills per set.
  • Canisius has lost its last five matches at Siena, with the most recent win coming in 2003.
MARIST SCOUT
  • Marist enters the weekend with a 15-10 overall record and 9-5 record in the MAAC. The Red Foxes are tied with Siena for third place in the conference standings.
  • The Red Foxes had their five-match winning streak come to an end on Sunday, losing to Iona in four sets.
  • In MAAC play, Alexandra Schultze ranks sixth in the conference in kills per set (3.83) while Lindsey Schmid is eighth in attack percentage (.279).
  • Senior setter Dawn Jan is second in the MAAC with an assists per set average of 10.98 in conference play. Schmid ranks third in the MAAC in service aces per set (0.45).
  • Marist has won the last two matches between the teams, taking the teams’ earlier meeting this season in four sets. The last Canisius win in Poughkeepsie came in 2007.


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