The Canisius College volleyball swept Saint Peter's and then completed a sweep of Manhattan College at the Yanitelli Center on Sunday afternoon. The Golden Griffins defeated the Peahens 25-19, 25-12, 25-20 and defeated the Jaspers 25-23, 25-17, 25-19 to improve to 11-14 overall and 6-8 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
The match against the Jaspers was resumed after a power outage at Riverdale Country School on Saturday caused the match to be suspended after one set. The power outage was due to the snowstorm affecting the East Coast.
Senior Danielle Brawn had 15 kills in each match, and recorded a double-double against the Jaspers when the outside hitter posted 15 digs. Junior Samantha Good hit .500 or better in each match, posting 11 kills and one error on 20 attempts against Manhattan and 10 kills and one error on 17 attempts against Saint Peter's while recording six blocks on the day. Senior Joanna Burt had 10 digs and three service aces against Saint Peter's while senior Janelle Davis had 38 assists on 42 team kills against Manhattan.
"Dealing with the most off-the-court distractions that we've had all season, I was really pleased with the way our team stayed focused on the court to get two wins," Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. "I felt we played really well, especially against Manhattan, to get two much-needed wins."
The Griffs won the first set against Manhattan on Saturday, as they battled back from a 13-8 deficit. Canisius used a 9-4 run to take a 17-16 lead on a kill from sophomore Roxanne Hernandez. Manhattan then took a 20-19 lead, but the Griffs scored four straight points, including kills from Brawn and fellow senior Layne Adams, to go up 23-20. Two more kills from Brawn closed out the set and gave the Griffs the 1-0 lead.
On Sunday, Canisius broke open the second set midway though as the Griffs used a 9-1 run to go up 16-8. The Jaspers never seriously threatened the rest of the set. In the third set, Canisius pulled away late as the Griffs scored three straight points to turn a 17-17 tie into a 20-17 lead. The Griffs never let Manhattan get within one and closed out the sweep.
Earlier in the day against Saint Peter's, the Griffs easily won the first two sets. With the score tied at 5-5, the Griffs won nine straight points on the serve of Burt, to go up 14-5 and were never seriously challenged in the opening set. Down 6-3 to start the second set, the Griffs went on a 15-1 run, including 10 straight points on the serve of Burt, to cruise to the second-set win. The Griffs would break open a 16-16 tie in the third set by winning four straight points and win the match.
Canisius returns home for its final home matches of the 2011 regular season next weekend. The Golden Griffins face Marist on Saturday, and Siena on Sunday. Match time each day in the Koessler Athletic Center is set for 2 p.m.
Notes: Hernandez had 12 kills and two errors on 25 attack attempts in the match... Hernandez has hit .400 or better in four of the last six matches... The double-double for Brawn was her fourth of the season and first since Sept. 24, at Niagara... Canisius defeated Saint Peter's for the 14th time in the last 17 meetings and sixth time in the last seven matches in the Yanitelli Center... Canisius beat Manhattan for the fifth time in the last six meetings... Good has hit .400 or better in six matches this season and in 18 matches in her career. The junior also recorded her 39th and 40th career match with double-digit kills.