The Canisius College volleyball team won its fifth straight match - all sweeps - with a 26-24, 25-19, 25-20 win at Loyola University in Reitz Arena on Saturday night. The Golden Griffins even their record at 14-14 and move to 9-8 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Danielle Brawn led Canisius with 14
kills while sophomores Emily Elek
and Roxanne Hernandez each had six
kills and three blocks. Senior Janelle
Davis had 31 assists while junior Allyson
Severyn had 22 digs and junior Samantha
Good led the team with four blocks.
"It wasn't our best volleyball of the season tonight, but we stayed composed and found a way to get the win," Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. "Hopefully we can end our regular season on a high note tomorrow."
Canisius rallied from a late deficit to take the opening set. The Greyhounds won the first three points and built a 10-5 lead. The Griffs would come back with a 7-1 run, capped by a kill from Hernandez. The Greyhounds bounced back by winning three straight points and held leads of 23-17 and 24-21. The Griffs would fight off three set points and win the last five points of the set to take the early 1-0 lead.
In the second set with the score knotted at 9-9, the Griffs won three straight points to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The Greyhounds closed the deficit to 12-11, but Canisius never let Loyola even the score as the Griffs closed out the set on a kill from Brawn to go up 2-0 in the match.
Loyola came out in the third set and built a 13-10 lead, but the Griffs won five straight points to go up 15-13. The teams would be tied at 17-17 before Canisius used a 5-1 run to go up 22-18. The Griffs wrapped up the match with a kill from Good and a service ace from Davis to close out the sweep.
Jac Bullock led Loyola (8-22, 5-12 MAAC) with 15 kills. Janet Pressler had a team-high 21 digs while Lauren Andersen led the Greyhounds with 30 assists.
Canisius wraps up the regular season at Rider on Sunday, with match time in the Alumni Gymnasium set for noon.
Notes: Canisius defeated Loyola for the sixth time in the last eight meetings... Canisius is on a five-game winning streak for the first time since the 2008 season... Canisius has five consecutive sweeps for the first time in program history... Hernandez has hit .333 or better in seven of the last nine matches... Severyn had 20 or more digs for the 41st time in her career... Brawn led Canisius in kills for the 20th time in 2011.