Match No. 27 Canisius College (16-10, 13-3 MAAC) at Iona College (8-19, 5-10 MAAC)
Saturday, Nov. 10 — 2 p.m.
Hynes Athletic Center - New Rochelle, N.Y.
Match No. 28
Canisius College at Fairfield University (18-8, 13-3 MAAC)
Sunday, Nov. 11 — 2 p.m.
Alumni Hall — Fairfield, Conn.
NOTING THE GRIFFS
The Canisius College volleyball team concludes regular-season play with two road matches this weekend, playing at Iona College on Saturday, and then facing Fairfield University on Sunday afternoon.
Entering the weekend, Canisius has a 13-3 conference record and is tied with Fairfield for first place in the conference standings.
Last weekend, Canisius clinched a spot in the 2012 MAAC Championship, to be held at Alumni Hall at Fairfield University on Nov. 17-18. Canisius joins Fairfield, Siena and Niagara in the four-team field.
None of the seeds have been determined for the single-elimination tournament. Canisius can earn the No. 1 seed and outright regular-season title with two wins this weekend.
Canisius has finished in the top four of the conference in each of the last three seasons and five times in the last seven seasons (2006, 2008, 2010, 2011).
Canisius is one of three schools, along with Fairfield and Siena, to have 10 or more MAAC wins in at least six of the last seven seasons.
Since the MAAC went to a double round-robin format in conference play for the 2006 season, Canisius has at least 13 league wins for the second time in program history. The program record is 14 wins set during the 2006 season.
In the meetings between the teams in the Koessler Athletic Center in the middle of October, Canisius defeated Iona in four sets (25-21, 19-25, 25-18, 25-10) and ralled from two sets down to defeat Fairfield in five sets (23-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-15, 17-15).
Canisius snapped a six-match losing streak to the Gaels with the win over Iona earlier this season. The Griffs have lost their last five meetings to Iona in New Rochelle.
Canisius and Fairfield have split the last two meetings in Alumni Hall. The Stags swept the season series with two five-set wins last season while Canisius swept the season series in 2010. The teams have not split the season series since 2008.
Dating back to last season, Canisius has won 19 of its last 22 regular-season matches against MAAC opponents.
Canisius ranks 72nd nationally in blocks per set (2.35) and leads the MAAC with a 2.53 blocks per set average in conference play. Canisius also leads the league in conference play at 1.65 service aces per set.
Canisius posted a .554 attack percentage in the Nov. 4 sweep of Saint Peter’s. That set the program record for attack percentage and is also the best attack percentage by a MAAC school in a match this season.
Senior Samantha Good earned MAAC Player of the Week honors on Monday, and then was one of 12 players selected by the Collegiate Volleyball Update (CVU.com) as a Top Performer in the country.
Good had the most productive weekend of her career, averaging 4.71 kills per set and 1.57 blocks per set to go along with a .609 attack percentage and six service aces.
In the Oct. 21 match against Marist, senior Allyson Severyn became the program’s all-time leader in career digs, passing the record of 2,095 set by Jess Stackhouse (2004-07).
Severyn has been named the MAAC Libero of the Week four times this season. She ranks 12th nationally in digs per set (5.64) and is the fourth player in MAAC history to record 2,000 digs in a career.
The Golden Griffins rank third in the MAAC with 78 regular-season conference wins since the start of the 2006 season. The Griffs have a .629 winning percentage in conference play during that span.
Iona enters the final weekend of the regular season with an 8-19 overall record and 5-10 record in conference play. The Gaels have split their last four games, most recently sweeping Rider on Monday night.
Iona is 6-2 at home this season, including a three-set sweep of Fairfield. The two losses for the Gaels in the Hynes Athletic Center have each been in five sets.
Catrina Warren is tied for second in the MAAC in attack percentage (.325) while McKenzie Humann is ninth with a .288 attack percentage. Alicja Pawelec is eighth in the conference at 3.13 kills per set and Warren is ninth at 3.09 kills per set. Theresa Harvey is fifth in the MAAC at 5.30 digs per set.
In MAAC play, Iona is fifth in attack percentage (.199), fifth in opponents attack percentage (.192), seventh in blocks per set (1.52), fourth in service aces per set (1.39) and fourth in digs per set (18.80).
Fairfield starts the weekend with an 18-8 overall record and 13-3 in the MAAC. The Stags have six straight matches since falling to Canisius in five sets on Oct. 13.
Fairfield is 8-0 at home this season and has won 16 of its last 17 conference home matches.
Brianna Dixion is fourth in the MAAC in kills per set (3.41) while Caitlin Stapleton is fifth (3.33). Rachel Romansky is second in the league in assists per set (10.96) and 10th in service aces per set (0.29). Reigning MAAC Libero of the Week Kara Reis is fourth in the MAAC in digs per set (5.39).
In MAAC play, Fairfield ranks fourth in hitting percentage (.217), first in opponents attack percentage (.150), second in blocks per set (1.98), sixth in service aces per set (1.30) and first in digs per set (19.65).
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