The Canisius College volleyball team carried over the momentum from last weekend's two road wins to sweep Marist College at the Koessler Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Griffins won 25-13, 25-15, 28-26 to improve to 12-14 overall and 7-8 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Junior Samantha Good led all players with 13 kills to go along with a .462 attack percentage. Sophomore Roxanne Hernandez had nine kills and a season-high five blocks. Senior Janelle Davis had 33 assists while junior Allyson Severyn had 28 digs.
"I really think we carried over some momentum from the win over Manhattan to the first two sets against Marist today," Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. "Our passing broke down a little bit in the third set, but we really dug down and fought back to steal that third set."
Canisius hit .500 in the first set, not committing an attack error on 26 attack attempts. With the score tied at 9-9, the Griffs won 14 of the final 17 points in the set, including seven straight on the serve of Severyn, to win the first set. In the second set, the Griffs broke it open midway through again, using a 10-3 run to go up 18-10 on a kill from Hernandez. The Griffs hit .441 in the second set en route to the 2-0 lead.
Marist built a 14-7 lead in the third set and appeared to be en route to forcing a fourth set. The Griffs were down 22-16, but scored four straight points to cut the Marist lead to 22-20. The Griffs would fight off two set points, getting kills from Hernandez and sophomore Emily Elek to even the match at 24-24. After a Marist attack error gave the Griffs a 25-24 lead, the Red Foxes would fight off two match points, but the Griffs won the match on their third match point to complete the sweep.
Joanna Foss led Marist with 12 kills and also had a double-double with 10 digs. Hanna Stoiberg had 17 assists and nine kills.
Canisius concludes its home schedule on Sunday, when the Golden Griffins host Siena College on Senior Day. Match time is set for 2 p.m.
Notes: Canisius defeated Marist for the fifth time in the last six meetings between the teams in the Koessler Athletic Center... Good had double-digit kills for the fourth consecutive match... The 28 digs by Severyn were the most by a Golden Griffin in a three-set match this season... Hernandez hit over .333 for the sixth time in the last seven matches. The sophomore matched her career high with five blocks... The eight attack errors by the Griffs were a season low.