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Volleyball Wraps Up Regular Season Against Rival Niagara
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 11/12/2010
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Senior Renee Lettow
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NOTING THE GRIFFS
  • Canisius concludes the 2010 regular season against rival Niagara University in the Koessler Athletic Center on Saturday night.
  • Canisius is ending the regular season against Niagara for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
  • The Golden Griffins are 11-6 in the MAAC, sitting in third place in the conference standings. The Griffs are a half-game ahead of fourth-place Fairfield and a half-game behind of second-place Iona.
  • The 11 league wins give Canisius double-digit victories in the MAAC for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
  • Canisius has an 8-3 record in the Koessler Athletic Center this season.
  • The Golden Griffins are 32-12 (72.7 percent) in home MAAC matches since the 2006 season.
  • Sophomore Samantha Good ranks second in the MAAC in attack percentage (.338) and fifth in kills per set (3.00). 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 (0.97).
  • 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 two times in 2010.
  • In conference play, sophomore Allyson Severyn ranks third in the MAAC with a 5.65 digs per set average. Severyn also ranks 46th nationally in digs per set (4.96).
  • Junior Layne Adams is tied for ninth in the MAAC in attack percentage (.252) and tied for sixth in blocks per set (0.82), while sophomore Emily Elek is averaging 2.91 kills per set in conference play, which is sixth in the league.
  • As a team, Canisius ranks 71st nationally (1.44) in service aces.
  • Canisius is second in the MAAC in attack percentage (.214) and leads the conference in blocks per set (2.03).
  • Against Manhattan on Oct. 23, senior Renee Lettow became the eighth player in program history with 1,000 career kills. Lettow starts the weekend with 1026 kills and needs 24 kills to move into seventh place.
  • Lettow is also fourth in matches played (115) and fifth in sets played (422).
  • Junior Janelle Davis moved into third place in career assists on Oct. 10, and needs 40 assists to move into second place.
  • Severyn became the ninth player in program history with 1,000 career digs, reaching the milestone agains Saint Peter's on Oct. 24 The sophomore needs 25 digs to move into sixth place.
  • Prior to the start of the match, the Golden Griffins will honor the three members in their 2010 senior class - Lettow, Jasmine Brennan and Mary Curran.
NIAGARA SCOUT
  • Niagara enters Saturday night's match with a 21-8 overall record and 16-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
  • The Purple Eagles have won 15 straight matches and have clinched the regular-season conference title, earning the No. 1 seed in next week's MAAC Championship.
  • Junior Hannah Hedrick leads the team and is seventh in the conference with a 2.84 kills per set average. Sophomore Amanda Wilken ranks fourth in the conference with a .292 attack percentage while reigning MAAC Rookie of the Week Ellen Senf is fifth in the MAAC with a .286 attack percentage.
  • Niagara leads the MAAC in attack percentage, opponent attack percentage, assists per set and kills per set.
  • Canisius leads the all-time series 45-35-2 as Niagara is the most common opponent in program history.
  • The Purple Eagles have won three straight against Canisius after the Golden Griffins won five of six against Niagara.
BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE
  • For the second 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 a 6-4 lead in the competition so far in the 2010-11 competition.
LET'S HONOR THE SENIORS
  • Prior to the start of Saturday's match, the Golden Griffins will honor the three members of their 2010 senior class - Jasmine Brennan, Mary Curran and Renee Lettow.
  • Brennan has developed into a starter on the right side during her senior season with the Golden Griffins. Brennan has appeared in 28 matches, making 22 starts and has career highs in all major offensive categories this season.
  • A four-year starter for the Griffs, Lettow has had one of the most productive careers in program history. The Lindenhurst, N.Y. native ranks eighth in program history in kills per set, fourth in matches played and fifth in sets played.
  • Curran played her freshman season (2007) with the Golden Griffins. Curran averaged 0.92 blocks per set in 29 matches as a freshman, and has helped with the operations of the volleyball program during the past three seasons.

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