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Volleyball Ends Season with Loss at Niagara

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 11/14/2009
Junior Renee Lettow
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The Canisius College volleyball team finished the 2009 season with a three-set loss at Niagara in the Galllagher Center on Saturday. The Golden Griffins lost 26-24, 25-17, 25-22 and finish the year with a 11-18 overall record and 8-10 record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Junior Renee Lettow had a team-high 10 kills to go along with 10 digs for her 10th double-double of the season. Sophomore Janelle Davis had 19 assists while freshman Allyson Severyn tied for a match-high with 22 digs.

“We’re obviously disappointed with the outcome of our season. We know what we have to change in order to be successful,” Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. “It’s going to be a long offseason to think and make the necessary changes.

“We look forward to hosting a top-notch MAAC Championship next weekend in our gym.”

The teams had 14 ties and four lead changes in a tightly-played first set. Canisus jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead on service ace from Michelle Godfrey, but the Purple Eagles responded with an 8-1 run to take a 10-7 lead on a service ace from Sam Morgan. Canisius tied the match at 12-12 and no team took more than a two-point lead the rest of the way. The Griffs were up 23-21 after a Niagara attack error, but the Purple Eagles scored three straight points to take a set point 24-23. Canisius came back with a kill from Danielle Brawn to tie the match at 24-24, but Niagara won the last two points to take the first set.

After Niagara (21-8) easily won the second set, the teams stayed close throughout the third set. Niagara went up 10-7 and the Griffs came out of a timeout with a 6-1 run, to take a 13-11 lead on a kill from Davis. The teams were tied at 21-21 before Niagara won two consecutive points to go up 23-21 and would win the match on a service ace.

Kari Honomichi had a match-high 14 kills while Hannah Hedrick had a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. Michelle James had 37 assists while Morgan had 22 digs.

Match Notes: Lettow’s 10 double-doubles are the most since Aislinn Hayes had 12 during the 2005 season… Freshman Samantha Good finished the season with 289 kills, the second most in program history by a freshman… Severyn finished the year with 554 digs, the third most in program history by any Golden Griffin… The match was the final Battle of the Bridge competition between the schools during the fall seasons, with Niagara holding an 8-4 lead.
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