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Griffs Open November Road Stretch This Weekend
Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics  
Release: 10/31/2013
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Canisius at Iona
Friday, Nov. 1 - 2 p.m.
Hynes Athletic Center (New Rochelle, N.Y.)

Canisius at Manhattan
Saturday, Nov. 2 - 1 p.m.
Draddy Gymnasium (Riverdale, N.Y.)

Live Video (Friday only): GoGriffs.com and MAAC.TV 
Live Stats: GoGriffs.com

On a season-long four-match winning streak, the Canisius volleyball team starts the month of November on a four-match road trip. The Golden Griffins will play at Iona on Friday, and then face Manhattan on Saturday.

SIX TEAMS FIGHTING FOR FIRST PLACE 

  • The top six teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings have separated themselves from the other five teams in the league. Those six teams are all within one match of first place in the regular-season standings entering the final three weekends of play.
  • Canisius enters the weekend with an 8-4 record in MAAC play. Manhattan and Fairfield are tied for first place at 9-3 while Iona, Marist and Siena are all at 9-4 in the conference standings.
  • The top four teams will qualify for the MAAC Championship, which will be held Nov. 23-24, at Siena College.
  • Canisius has finished in the top four of the regular-season standings in each of the last three seasons and five times in the last seven years.

LITWIN NAMED MAAC LIBERO WEEK FOR THIRD TIME

  • Junior Emily Litwin was named the MAAC Libero of the Week for the third time this season and for the second consecutive week.
  • Litwin averaged 5.17 digs in two Canisius sweeps last week to go along with 10 assists, three service aces and a 95.6 service reception percentage. 
  • The Williamsville, N.Y. native leads the MAAC in conference play at 4.91 digs per set. She has recorded double-digit digs in 22 of the team's 23 matches and ranks 57th in the country in digs per set.

NOTING THE GRIFFS

  • The Griffs have won 10 of their last 15 matches and are 8-4 in the league standings. Canisius is on a season-long four-match winning streak and is 5-2 in road matches.
  • Canisius leads the MAAC in blocks per set (2.29). Senior Roxanne Hernandez is third in the MAAC at 1.10 blocks per set.
  • Freshman Jacklyn Malusa ranks fourth among MAAC freshmen in kills (153) while fellow freshman Katlyn Tyler leads MAAC freshman outside hitters in digs (137).
  • Senior Emily Elek has 941 kills, needing 59 kills to become the 10th player in program history with 1,000 career kills.
  • In the last seven matches for Rachel Kline, the sophomore outside hitter is averaging 2.44 kills and 2.74 digs per set with three double-doubles.
  • The Griffs have 16 runs of three points or more on the serve of sophomore setter Grace Streicher, the most on the team. 

A LOOK AT IONA

  • After Wednesday's sweep at Rider, Iona has won five straight matches. The Gaels are 11-12 overall and 9-4 in the MAAC.
  • The Gaels are 6-0 in the Hynes Athletic Center this season.
  • MAAC Player of the Week Catrina Warren leads the league in kills per set (3.62). Natalie Ziskin is second in the MAAC in assists per set (10.56).
  • Canisius defeated Iona in five sets in the Koessler Athletic Center on Oct. 5. The Gaels have defeated the Griffs in each of the past six seasons in New Rochelle.

AND NOW THE JASPERS

  • Manhattan enters the weekend with a 16-10 overall record and 9-3 record in conference play, sitting in a tie for first place in the MAAC standings.
  • Sydney Volovski ranks seventh in the MAAC in attack percentage (.244) while Allie Yamashiro is fourth in the league in digs per set (4.51).
  • Manhattan rallied from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Canisius in the KAC on Oct. 6. The Griffs have won each of the past four meetings between the teams in Riverdale.

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