Wednesday, Oct. 19 — 7 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center — Buffalo, N.Y.
Dig Pink and Battle of the Bridge
Match 22: Canisius vs. Iona (9-8, 6-3 MAAC)
Saturday, Oct. 22 — 2 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center — Buffalo, N.Y.
Match 23: Canisius vs. Fairfield (12-8, 9-1 MAAC)
Sunday, Oct. 23 — 2 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center — Buffalo, N.Y.
NOTING THE GRIFFS
- Canisius continues its five-game homestand with three home matches in five days, coming against the top three teams in the MAAC standings — Niagara, Iona and Fairfield.
- Canisius played those three teams on the first two weekends of conference play, dropping all three road matches.
- Canisius is 35-14 in the Koessler Athletic Center in conference play since the 2006 season.
- Canisius has dropped the last five matches against rival Niagara, with the last win coming on Nov. 15, 2008.
- Canisius has lost its last five meetings with Iona, with the last win coming in a three-set win in the KAC on Sept. 19, 2009. The Griffs have won four of the last five between the teams in Buffalo.
- Canisius swept the regular-season series from Fairfield in 2010, but the Griffs have lost their last two meetings with the Stags.
- Wednesday’s matchup for Canisius and Niagara is the second of two Battle of the Bridge matchups between the schools in volleyball. The matchup is worth one point and Niagara has a 3-0 lead in the early standings.
- For the second consecutive year, the Golden Griffin volleyball team will participate with the Side-Out Foundation in the Dig Pink campaign on Wednesday night.
- Canisius has a team service reception percentage of 93.8 in conference play, including a 95.7 percentage in the last six matches.
- Senior Danielle Brawn is tied for second in the conference at 3.77 kills per set.
- Senior Janelle Davis is fourth in the conference in assists per set, with a career-high average of 9.42.
- Junior Allyson Severyn is fourth in the MAAC in digs per set (4.54).
- Senior Layne Adams is ninth in the conference in attack percentage (.273) while junior Samantha Good is 10th (.264).
- Canisius is one of three schools, along with Fairfield and Siena, to have 10-plus MAAC wins in at least four of the last five seasons.
- The Golden Griffins rank third in the MAAC with 58 conference wins since the start of the 2006 season.
- Adams and Joanna Burt will serve as the team’s captains for the 2011 season. Adams is a captain for the second consecutive season.
SCOUTING THE GRIFFS
- Senior Danielle Brawn has recorded double-digit kills in 18 of 20 matches this season, including each of the last 11 (the longest streak since Mary Boller’s streak of 20 during the 2006 season). Brawn’s 279 kills during her senior season are more than her first three seasons combined (195).
- Senior Janelle Davis has posted an attack percentage of .400 or better in 12 matches this season. Davis has nine matches this year with 40 or more assists and 25 in her career. She also leads the team with 27 service aces, nine more than any other Golden Griffin.
- Senior Layne Adams leads the team with a .273 attack percentage. Adams has 301 career blocks, which ranks eighth in program history, and is the MAAC’s active leader in the category.
- Junior Samantha Good is second on the team with a .264 attack percentage, hitting .300 or better in eight matches this season. Good is averaging 1.04 blocks per set during the last seven matches.
- Junior Allyson Severyn leads the team at 4.54 digs per set, including a season-high 34 digs against Rider on Saturday. Severyn has 39 matches in her career with 20 or more digs and has a 96.8 service reception percentage in last 13 matches.
- Freshman Olivia Chrzanowski has started the last seven matches and has seven or more kills in seven of the last eight matches. She has a service reception percentage of 96.6 in the last eight matches.
- Sophomore Jessica Warner has made 10 starts on the season, including each of the last four matches. Warner had a career-high five blocks against Rider on Saturday.
- Sophomore Emily Elek ranks second on the team at 2.35 kills per set. Elek has double-digit kills in eight matches and has recorded two double-doubles this year.
- Senior Joanna Burt is averaging 1.46 digs per set and has recorded at least 15 digs in three matches, including a career-high 16 digs against Manhattan on Oct. 2. Burt has a 93.7 service reception percentage in her last 16 appearances.
- Sophomore Sydney Palka had a season-high 12 assists against St. Francis and a season-high 10 digs against Morgan State.
- Sophomore Roxanne Hernandez has started eight matches this season and is third on the team with 0.54 blocks per set.
- Niagara enters Wednesday’s match with a 15-7 overall record and 9-0 record in the MAAC. The Purple Eagles have won 28 consecutive matches agains MAAC opponents and are the two-time defending MAAC champions.
- Hannah Hedrick is fourth in the conference at 3.62 kills per set while Kari Honomichi is tied for ninth in the MAAC at 3.04 kills per set. Kathy Bibler leads the team with a .280 attack percentage, ranking sixth in the conference while Amanda Wilken is seventh in the MAAC at .275. Sam Morgan leads the MAAC at 5.84 digs per set.
- The Purple Eagles leads the conference in attack percentage (.245) and opponent attack percentage (.182). Niagara is first in service aces per set (1.82), ninth in blocks per set (1.23) and third in digs per set (15.65)
- Iona starts the week and enters Wednesday night’s match against Marist with a 9-8 overall record and 6-3 record in the MAAC. The Gaels had a four-match winning streak snapped with a five-set loss to Fairfield on Sunday.
- The Gaels rank third in the MAAC in attack percentage (.214), second in opponent attack percentage (.188), sixth in blocks per set (1.63), second in service aces per set (1.78) and first in digs per set (17.03).
- Freshman Catrina Warren leads the MAAC with a .337 attack percentage while sophomore Alicja Pawelec is tied for second in the conference at 3.77 kills per set. Theresa Harvey is second in the conference with a 5.78 digs per set average.
- The Gaels have three of the top 10 players in the MAAC in service aces per set, led by Pawelec at 0.45.
- Fairfield comes to Western New York with a 12-8 overall record and 9-1 record in the MAAC. The Stags have won eight matches, with the only loss in conference play coming against Niagara.
- Fairfield is fourth in the MAAC in attack percentage (.209), third in opponent attack percentage (.189), fourth in blocks per set (1.70), sixth in service aces per set (1.42) and second in digs per set (16.51).
- Kendal Dirkin is second in the MAAC in attack percentage (.319) while Brianna Dixion is sixth in the league in kills per set (3.30). Kara Reis is sixth in the MAAC in services aces per set (0.40) and fifth in digs per set (4.35).
BATTLE OF THE BRIDGE
- This matchup for Canisius and Niagara is the second of two Battle of the Bridge matchups between the schools in volleyball.
- Niagara has a 3-0 lead in the early standings of the 2011-12 competition.
- The Battle of the Bridge is an all-sports competition between the schools. Points are awarded for all regular-season, conference match-ups between the schools, except for cross country, swimming and diving and golf where the points are awarded based on results in the MAAC Championship.
- After a 20-13 victory last year, Canisius has now won three of the last four competitions. Niagara won the inaugural competition in 2006-07 and also won in 2009-10 while Canisius also won in 2007-08 and 2008-09.
- Canisius needs 16.5 points to retain the Cup while Niagara needs 17 points to reclaim the Cup.
- Wednesday’s volleyball matchup is worth one point.
GRIFFS ARE DIGGING THE PINK
- For the second consecutive year, the Golden Griffin volleyball team will participate with the Side-Out Foundation in the Dig Pink campaign.
- The Golden Griffin volleyball team will be wearing pink shirts during warmups.
- The Side-Out Foundation was established in 2004 to unite volleyball players and coaches and to have them work toward the common goal of furthering breast cancer awareness, education and patient services. The funds are contributed to organizations that serve breast cancer patients, in the form of research, medical services or compassionate support.
- Fans can donate online at GoGriffs.com, with a team goal of $1,000.