The Canisius College volleyball team picked up a four-set win over Quinnipiac on Saturday to improve to 11-17 (9-8 MAAC) on the season. The Griffs took the match 25-2, 21-21, 24-26, 25-12. The Bobcats dropped to 5-25 (3-14 MAAC) with the loss.
Every player on the Canisius roster saw action in the match, with sophomore Rachel Kline leading the way with 11 kills. Senior Emily Elek added nine kills of her own, with freshman Lauren Siebert chipping in seven.
“Rachael has practiced that way all year,” said head coach Cathy Hummel. “She’s had struggled stringing it together at times, but that’s the type of talent that we have in the gym.”
The Griffs used an 11-4 run midway through the first set that included a six-point run on the serve by Siebert. The Griffs also notched four service aces from four different players in the set. Canisius never trailed in the opening set.
The second set saw the Griffs fall behind 10-3 early, and Canisius didn’t see its first lead of the set until taking an 18-17 advantage following an ace by senior Sydney Palka – who notched 24 assists in the match.
The Bobcats managed to tie the set at 21 apiece, but the Griffs would earn the final four points with Elek on the serve to give Canisius a 2-0 lead heading into the break.
The teams went back-and-fourth during the third set, which saw 10 ties and seven lead changes. The largest lead came when the Griffs took a five-point advantage at 20-15. Quinnipiac took advantage of six Canisius errors in the final 15 points to take the set 26-24.
The Blue and Gold rallied in back to take the final set, which was closed on a six-point serving run by senior Jessica Warner to take the set 25-12.
“We say let's go out and be the team that we knew we could be all year, and we just didn’t put it together,” Hummel said. “There’s still a lot of talent there and we haven’t played our best volleyball yet and if our biggest regret is that we didn’t put it together soon enough, then we still have a belief on the talent on the squad.”
In addition to her 11 kills, Kline tied for a team-best 10 digs in the match with junior Emily Litwin.
Quinnipiac’s Brittanie Robinson recorded a match-high 30 assists, with Tanner Celestin leading the way with 13 kills for the Bobcats.
Canisius will return to action on Sunday, when the Griffs take on Fairfield at 1 p.m. Canisius will honor its four seniors prior to the match.
NOTES: Kline posted double-digit kills for the seventh time this season and also had her fourth double-double of 2013… Canisius improves to 5-0 in program history against Quinnipiac… Senior Roxanne Hernandez now has 100 block assists on the season and is the fourth player in program history to have 100 or more blocks assists in a season… The four service aces for Sydney Palka match a career high… Canisius limited Quinnipiac to a .016 attack percentage, the lowest attack percentage by a Canisius opponent this season and lowest since Saint Peter's hit .010 against the Griffs on Sept. 29, 2012… Canisius had 10 service aces for the first time this season and first time since posting 10 aces against Marist on Sept. 15, 2012.