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Volleyball Wraps Up Season at Niagara

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 11/13/2009
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The Canisius College volleyball team (11-17, 8-9 MAAC) travels to rival Niagara (20-8, 13-4 MAAC) for a Battle of the Bridge contest on Saturday. Match time in the Gallagher Center is set for 4 p.m.

  • Canisius wraps up the regular season with a match at rival Niagara on Saturday in the Gallagher Center.
  • The match is part of the all-sports Battle of the Bridge competition between the schools, with the winner getting two points toward the final standings.
  • 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).
  • In conference play, Janelle Davis is posting a .385 attack percentage to go along with 1.11 kills per set, 1.91 digs per set, 9.03 assists per set, 0.59 blocks per set and 0.36 service aces per set.  Davis has played in all 217 sets of her Canisius career.
  • Freshman Allyson Severyn ranks third in the MAAC and 23rd in the country (second among freshmen) in digs per set (5.12). 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 nine double-doubles on the season and now has 17 in her career. The nine double-doubles (digs and kills) are the second-most by a Canisius player in the last five seasons.
  • The first set has been a predictor in 26 of the 28 Canisius matches this season as the Griffs are 11-2 when winning the first set and 0-15 when dropping the opening set.
  • Niagara enters the final match of the regular season with a 20-8 overall record and 13-4 record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings.
  • The 20 wins for the Purple Eagles set a new program record for wins.
  • Niagara has also clinched the No. 2 seed in the MAAC Championship to be held next weekend.
  • Hannah Hedrick leads the Purple Eagles and ranks third in the MAAC at 4.08 kills per set. Michelle James leads the MAAC at 10.73 assists per set. Sophomore Sam Morgan leads the MAAC at 5.22 digs per set, recording at least 10 digs in each match the past two seasons.
  • Niagara defeated Canisius in four sets earlier this season. Hedrick led Niagara with 22 kills while James had 51 assists.
  • For the second time this season, Canisius and Niagara will participate in the Battle of the Bridge between the schools.
  • Canisius and Niagara participate in an all-sports competition called the Battle of the Bridge with the winner claiming the Canal Cup.
  • The name of the series is in reference to the Grand Island Bridge, which each team crosses when traveling to the other’s campus. The name of the trophy is in reference to the Erie Canal, which intersects Niagara County, where Niagara is located, and Erie County, where Canisius is located.
  • Each matchup between Canisius and Niagara is worth two points.
  • Canisius won the Battle of the Bridge in 2007-08 and in 2008-09. Niagara won the inaugural competition in 2006-07.
  • Canisius needs 16 points this year to keep the Canal Cup while Niagara needs 17 points to win the Cup.
  • Niagara owns a 6-4 lead in this year’s competition.
  • Sophomore Janelle Davis is the first Canisius player to have 900-plus assists in each of her freshman and sophomore seasons.
  • Freshman Allyson Severyn ranks third in program history with 532 digs  and 5.12 digs per set— the most ever by a Canisius freshman in either category.
  • Freshman Samantha Good ranks second among freshmen all-time with her 285 kills.

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