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Volleyball Plays Three Matches This Week, Starting Wednesday at Niagara

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 10/19/2010
Freshman Roxanne Hernandez
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  • Canisius plays its next three games in Western New York, playing at rival Niagara on Wednesday, before returning home to host Saint Peter's and Manhattan this weekend.
  • The Golden Griffins are 7-3 in the MAAC, sitting in a tie for second place with Iona, Fairfield and Marist. All four teams are two games behind first-place Niagara.
  • Wednesday's contest between Canisius and Niagara is the first of two meetings between the rivals and is a part of the all-sport Battle of the Bridge competiton between the schools.
  • Canisius wil be partcipating in the Side-Out Foundation's Dig Pink campaign in Wednesday's match at Niagara and against Manhattan on Saturday.
  • Sophomore Samantha Good ranks second in the MAAC in attack percentage (.351) and fifth in kills per set (3.18). Good is the only player in the MAAC to rank in the top 10 in both categories. Good also leads the MAAC in blocks per set (1.00).
  • Good is a three-time MAAC Offensive Player of the Week this season and is the only player in the MAAC to win the award more than once in 2010.
  • In conference play, sophomore Allyson Severyn ranks second in the MAAC with 5.74 digs per set. Severyn also ranks 66th nationally in digs per set.
  • Junior Layne Adams is ninth in the MAAC in attack percentage (.254) while sophomore Emily Elek is averaging 2.80 kills per set in conference play, which is 10th in the league.
  • Junior Janelle Davis (0.37) is sixth in the MAAC in service aces per set and also ranks 86th nationally in the category.
  • As a team, Canisius ranks 55th nationally (1.53) in service aces.
  • Canisius leads the MAAC in attack percentage (.221) and blocks per set at 2.04.
  • Senior Renee Lettow ranks eighth all-time in career kills with 991 in her four years as a Golden Griffin and needs 59 kills to move into seventh place.
  • Davis moved into third place in career assists on Oct. 10, and needs 226 assists to move into second place.
  • Severyn moved into 10th place on the career digs list last weekend and has 942 in her career. The sophomore needs 82 digs to move into seventh place.
  • Niagara starts the week as the hottest team in the MAAC, sitting in first place in the MAAC with a 9-1 conference record and 14-8 overall record. The Purple Eagles have won eight straight matches, tied for the longest streak in program history.
  • Niagara leads the MAAC in assists per set (11.35), kills per set (12.27), opponent hitting percentage (.155) and is second in hitting percentage (.212) and service aces per set (1.66).
  • Kathy Bibler is fifth in the conference in attack percentage (.285) while Amanda Wilken is eighth (.255). Hannah Hedrick is first on the team and  eighth in the conference in kills per set (2.86). Michelle James leads the conference in assists per set (9.71).
  • Canisius leads the all-time series 45-34-2 as Niagara is the most common opponent in program history.
  • The Purple Eagles won the 2009 season series after Canisius won five of six against Niagara.
  • Manhattan is 11-11 overall and 5-5 in the MAAC after a five-set win over Iona on Sunday.
  • Diane Strutner leads the team and fourth in the MAAC at 3.46 kills per set while LaKell Havens is first on the team with a .233 attack percentage.
  • Julie Bies leads the team at 4.54 digs per set as Manhattan is second in the league in digs per set (16.54). Jamie Collareta is first on the squad and fourth in the MAAC at 9.12 assists per set.
  • Canisius leads the all-time series between 16-12 and has won the last three meetings overall and five straight in the Koessler Athletic Center.
  • Saint Peter's comes to Western New York with a 6-15 overall record and 2-8 record in the MAAC after losing to Fairfield and Marist last weekend.
  • Stephanie Phillips leads the team and ranks ninth in the MAAC with 2.82 kills per set while Kassi Wirth is first on the team at .233 attack percentage.
  • Katie McFadden ranks second in the MAAC at 5.15 digs per set while Saint Peter's ranks second in the conference in blocks per set (1.85).
  • Canisius leads the all-time series 16-13 with the Peahens. The Golden Griffins have won 11 of the last 14 meetings between the teams.
  • For the first time this season in volleyball, 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.
  • In volleyball, each matchup is worth one point.
  • Canisius won the Battle of the Bridge in 2007-08 and in 2008-09. Niagara won in 2009-10 and the inaugural competition in 2006-07.
  • Canisius needs 17 points this year to win the Canal Cup while Niagara needs 16.5 points to win the Cup.
  • Niagara owns an early 2-0 lead in the competition after a win in women's soccer on Oct. 9.
  • Canisius split its first two matchups with Saint Peter's and Manhattan earlier this season - losing to the Peahens and defeating the Lady Jaspers.
  • The Peahens won (25-18, 25-21, 17-25, 25-17) at the Yanitelli Center. Samantha Good led the Griffs with 19 kills while Allyson Severyn had 27 digs. Stephanie Phillips and Kassi Wirth each had 14 kills to lead the Peahens.
  • Canisius defeated Manhattan in four sets (23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 25-10) at the Draddy Gymnasium. Good led the Griffs with 23 kills while junior Layne Adams had 15 kills and sophomore Emily Elek had 13.
  • The Golden Griffin volleyball team will participate with the Side-Out Foundation in the Dig Pink campaign two times this week. The Griffs will be a part of the campaign at Niagara on Wednesday and against Manhattan on Saturday.
  • The Golden Griffin volleyball team will be wearing pink shirts during warmups.
  • Fans can donate online at, with a team goal of $1,000.

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