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Volleyball Takes On Iona In Semifinals
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 11/19/2010
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Sophomore Allyson Severyn
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NOTING THE GRIFFS
  • Canisius defeated Loyola in four sets (25-21, 21-25, 25-11, 25-17) on Thursday, to advance to the semifinals of the 2010 MAAC Championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
  • Canisius will face No. 2 seed Iona — one of two teams Canisius did not defeat in conference play in 2010.
  • Canisius is the No. 3 seed in this week’s postseason tournament. The Golden Griffs finished in a tie for third place with Manhattan College, but won the tiebreaker because of their sweep in the regular-season series.
  • Canisius posted an 11-7 record in conference play, recording double-digit victories in the MAAC for the fourth time in the last five seasons. 
  • Canisius is making its third appearance in semifinals of the MAAC Championship in the last five years.  
  • Canisius is looking to make the first appearance in program history in the title game.
  • Sophomore Samantha Good ranks second in the MAAC in attack percentage (.335) and fifth in kills per set (2.95). 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 ranked third in the MAAC with a 5.65 digs per set average. Severyn also ranks 44th nationally in digs per set (4.98).
  • Junior Layne Adams is ninth in the MAAC in attack percentage (.242) and is third in blocks per set (0.83). Sophomore Emily Elek is averaging 2.74 kills per set, which is 10th in the conference.
  • As a team, Canisius ranks 80th nationally (1.40) in service aces.
  • Canisius is second in the MAAC in attack percentage (.220) and leads the conference in blocks per set (2.06).
  • Against Manhattan on Oct. 23, senior Renee Lettow became the eighth player in program history with 1,000 career kills. Lettow now has 1,059 kills and needs 15 kills to move into sixth place in the record books.
  • Lettow is also tied for second in matches played (117) and is third in sets played (429).
  • Junior Janelle Davis moved into second place in career assists (2,649) on Thrursday, passing Lauren Lackovich.
  • 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 10 digs to move into fourth place on the career digs list.
NOTES FROM THURSDAY’S WIN OVER LOYOLA
  • Canisius defeated Loyola for the second consecutive meeting in the MAAC Championship. The Griffs also won in four sets in 2006 in Florida.
  • Canisius had 17 blocks against Loyola, the most by the Griffs in any match since they had 18 blocks against Loyola in the 2006 MAAC Championship. 
  • Canisius set a season high in blocks for the second straight match.
  • Sophomore Allyson Severyn was perfect on service receptions (26-for-26) for the seventh time this season.
  • Junior Danielle Brawn had a season-high nine kills.
  • Sophomore Samantha Good had double-digit kills in the fifth straight match and for the 19th time on the season.
  • Senior Jasmine Brennan matched her career high with six blocks, giving her four or more in five of the last six matches.
  • Five Canisius players had five or more blocks on Thursday.
MAAC TOURNAMENT HISTORY
  • Canisius is playing to the MAAC Championship for the third time in the last five seasons.
  • Two of those years have been when all 10 teams qualify for the postseason, however, Canisius finished in third place each of those years (2006 and 2010), meaning the Griffs would have qualified in a traditional, four-team tournament format.
  • Canisius has an all-time record of 8-12 in the postseason.
IONA SCOUT
  • Iona finished the regular season with an 18-10 record, posting a 12-6 record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
  • Iona advanced to the semifinals with a four-set win over No. 10 seed in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
  • Colleen Gennett led the MAAC with a .344 attack percentage while Theresa Harvey led the Gaels and ranked sixth in the conference at 2.92 kills per set.
  • Alyssa Erickson was second in the conference in service aces per set (0.53) and Allison Nieters was second in the MAAC in digs per set (5.43).

LOOK BACK AT THE SEASON SERIES
  • Iona swept the season series from Canisius -- winning in three sets in New Rochelle and rallying to win in five sets in the Koessler Athletic Center.
  • In the three-set Iona win on Oct. 30, sophomore Emily Elek led the Griffs with eight kills while sophomore Samantha Good had seven kills on the day. Junior Janelle Davis had a double-double with 20 assists and 11 digs while sophomore Allyson Severyn recorded a match-high 25 digs. Freshman Roxanne Hernandez led the Griffs with five block assists.
  • Iona won the fourth and fifth sets to defeat Canisius in Buffalo on Oct. 10. Good had a match-high 19 kills and also had a .485 attack percentage to go along with a match-high six blocks. Severyn led all players with a career-high 35 digs while Davis had 34 assists and eight digs. Elek added 15 kills while junior Layne Adams and senior Jasmine Brennan had four block assists apiece.

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