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Volleyball Returns Home To Face Siena and Marist
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Release: 10/19/2012
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Match No. 21
Canisius College (11-9, 8-2 MAAC) vs. Siena College (14-9, 8-3 MAAC)
Saturday, Oct. 20 — 2 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center
Video: GoGriffs.com and MAAC.TV 
     Kyle Ferrara (p-x-p)

Match No. 22
Canisius College vs. Marist College (7-13, 3-7 MAAC)
Sunday, Oct. 21 — 2 p.m.
Koessler Athletic Center
Video: GoGriffs.com and MAAC.TV 
     Kyle Ferrara (p-x-p)

NOTING THE GRIFFS

  • The Canisius College volleyball team returns to the Koessler Athletic Center this weekend to host Siena College and Marist College.
  • Entering the weekend, Canisius is in first place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings with an 8-2 record in league play. Three other teams in the MAAC — Fairfield, Siena and Niagara — have three league losses.
  • Canisius is 8-2 in conference play for the third time in program history, also starting with eight wins in their first 10 MAAC matches in 2008 and 2006.
  • Canisius opened its conference schedule with four-set wins at Marist (25-23, 25-14, 22-25, 25-19) and Siena (17-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-23). 
  • Canisius has won the last three meetings against Siena, but the teams have split the last four meetings in the KAC. 
  • Canisius has won four of the last five meetings overall against Marist and five of the last six meetings between the teams in the KAC.
  • Sunday’s match will be part of the Dig Pink campaign with the Side-Out foundation.
  • Dating back to last season, Canisius has won 14 of its last 16 regular-season matches against MAAC opponents.
  • In the Oct. 13 match against Fairfield, senior Allyson Severyn became the second player in program history and fourth player in conference history with 2,000 career digs. The Lancaster, N.Y. native needs 26 digs to set the program record and ranks 12th nationally in digs per set (5.57).
  • On Monday, Severyn was named the MAAC Libero of the Week for the third time this season. Severyn is the only MAAC libero to win the award more than once this season.
  • Entering the week, senior Samantha Good ranks third in the MAAC in conference play  in attack percentage (.349) and second in blocks per set (1.03). 
  • In the Sept. 30 match against Manhattan, Good became the ninth player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills.
  • Canisius is one of three schools, along with Fairfield and Siena, to have 10 or more MAAC wins in at least five of the last six seasons. 
  • The Golden Griffins rank third in the MAAC with 73 regular-season conference wins since the start of the 2006 season. The Griffs have a .619 winning percentage in conference play during that span.
  • Canisius was picked fifth in the preseason coaches’ poll. Fairfield was selected as the league favorite, followed by Niagara, Manhattan and Siena. Marist was picked sixth. 
  • Canisius has finished in the top four of the conference four times in the last six seasons (2006, 2008, 2010, 2011).
  • The 2012 MAAC Championship will be held Nov. 17-18, at Alumni Hall on the campus of Fairfield University.

GRIFFS TO DIG PINK ON SUNDAY

  • In conjunction with the Side-Out Foundation, the Canisius College volleyball team will be participating in the Dig Pink Campaign in Sunday’s match against Marist College.
  • Both teams will be wearing pink shirts during warmups, the end lines will be in pink tape and all fans are encouraged to wear pink to the match.
  • Auctions will be held throughout the match, including an autographed volleyball by West Seneca native and 2012 Olympian Matt Anderson. 
  • Fans can donate on the Canisius volleyball page on GoGriffs.com or at Sunday’s match.

SIENA SCOUT

  • Siena enters Saturday’s match with a 14-9 overall record and 8-3 record in conference play. The Saints have won four straight matches.
  • Siena has split its four road matches against conference opponents this season, winning at Saint Peter’s and Iona while losing at Manhattan and Fairfield.
  • Junior Taylor Akana leads the team at 3.57 kills per set, entering the week ranked in the conference in the category. Colleen Ahearn is fourth in the MAAC in attack percentage, Sarah Sivertson is second in assists per set while Lesli Akeo leads the conference in digs per set.
  • In MAAC play, Siena is first in attack percentage, third in opponents’ attack percentage, third in blocks per set, eighth in service aces per set and sixth in digs per set.

MARIST SCOUT

  • Marist comes to Western New York with a 7-13 overall record and a 3-7 record in conference play. The Red Foxes are 3-4 in their last seven conference matches. Marist is 2-3 in league matches away from the McCann Arena this season.
  • In MAAC play, Marist is ninth in attack percentage, ninth in opponents’ attack percentage, fifth in blocks per set, sixth in service aces per set and 10th in digs per set.
  • Mackenzie Stephens leads the conference in blocks per set (1.12) and is 10th in the conference in attack percentage (.271). Hanna Stoiberg is third in the conference in service aces per set (0.43) while Brooke Zywick is ninth in the MAAC in digs per set (3.65). 

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