The Canisius College volleyball team dropped its second consecutive home match, losing in three sets to Iona College. The Golden Griffins lost 25-19, 25-14, 25-21 to fall to 9-13 overall and 4-7 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Freshman Olivia Chrzanowski had a team-high seven kills in two sets off the bench. Senior Janelle Davis had 22 assists and two service aces while junior Allyson Severyn led all players with 19 digs. Junior Samantha Good had four blocks while senior Danielle Brawn had three blocks.
"We didn't have any players step up when we needed to win crucial points in this match," Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. "It's up to our team to regroup quickly as we're playing a very good Fairfield team on Sunday."
Canisius won the first three points of the match, but the Gaels came back by winning six of the next seven points to go up 6-4. The teams stayed close as a block from Good and sophomore Emily Elek brought the Griffs within one at 16-15. The Gaels then won three straight points to take control of the set and go up 1-0 in the match.
After the Gaels easily won the second set, it appeared Iona would comfortably take the third set as well, winning seven of the first eight points. Canisius battled its way back into the set, using an 8-2 run to take a 14-13 lead after an Iona error. The teams were tied at 18-18 after another Iona error, before the Gaels took control of the set by winning four straight points and eventually won when Canisius served out of rotation.
Alicja Pawelec had a double-double with 11 kills and 12 assists while Madisyn Spench had 10 kills on 20 attack attempts. Catrina Warrner had seven blocks while Nicole Tamburri had 34 assists.
Canisius ends its five-match homestand on Sunday, when the Golden Griffins face Fairfield University. Match time is set for 2 p.m. in the Koessler Athletic Center.
Notes: Canisius lost to Iona for just the second time in the last six meetings in the Koessler Athletic Center... Chrzanowski had seven or more kills for the eighth time in the last nine matches... Davis had at least one service ace for the 11th time in the last 12 matches... Brawn matched a career-high with three blocks... Good had four or more blocks for the 33rd time in her career... The Griffs lost in three sets in consecutive home matches for the first time since Sept. 4, 2004, against Binghamton and Stony Brook.