The Canisius College volleyball team rebounded from Saturday's loss with a four-set win at Fairfield at Alumni Hall on Sunday. The Golden Griffins won 25-18, 25-23, 16-25, 25-14 to improve to 14-13 overall and 10-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Sophomore Samantha Good led the Griffs with 11 kills and posted a .588 attack percentage to go along with four block assists. Senior Renee Lettow had nine kills while junior Janelle Davis had 27 assists and five block assists. Sophomore Allyson Severyn added a match-high 23 digs from the libero position.
"We made some lineup changes and we had some people respond in today's match," Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. "This isn't an easy place to play, but we stayed focused and didn't buckle."
The teams stayed close for the first half of the opening set, and Canisius gained control with a four-point run, taking advantage of three Fairfield errors and a kill from freshman Roxanne Hernandez. The Stags cut the Canisius lead to two points on three occasions, but the Griffs put the set away with a 6-1 run, capped by a block from Good and Davis to win the set.
second set featured 13 ties and nine lead changes as Canisius won four straight
points to go up 13-10 on a kill from Lettow. The Stags battled back and
eventually took a 20-19 lead after back-to-back kills from Hayley Moyer.
Canisius responded with three straight points, but the Stags then won three
straight points to go up 23-22. Canisius closed out the set with another
three-point run, getting a kill from junior Layne Adams, kill from Lettow
and solo block from Adams to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
After Fairfield (10-16, 9-5 MAAC) won the first four points and never looked back in winning the third set, Canisius returned the favor by winning the opening eight points of the fourth set to easily close out the match. Good had three kills during the opening run on the serve of junior Danielle Brawn. The Stags got as close as 14-10, but Canisius regained control by winning five straight points to go up as the Griffs never trailed in the set.
Lauren Hughes led Fairfield with 11 kills while Brianna Dixion had 10 kills. Kara Reis led Fairfield with 13 digs while Rachel Romansky led all players with 43 assists.
Canisius returns home for the final three matches of the regular-season, starting against Marist on Saturday. Match time in the Koessler Athletic Center is set for 2 p.m.
Match Notes: The win for Canisius was the first-ever in 10 meetings at Fairfield... Canisius has won 10 matches in MAAC play for the fourth time in the five seasons since the conference went to the round-robin format... Canisius has also won three of the last five meetings between the teams... Lettow had two or fewer service errors for the third time in the last four matches... The five block assists for Davis are the most since she had eight against Fairfield on Oct. 9... Severyn had 20-plus digs for the third straight match... Good hit above .400 in a match for the ninth time this season... Junior Joanna Burt made her first start of the season... Hernandez made her first start since Sept. 11, against Bucknell.