- Andrew Crooks
Volleyball finishes their weekend bouts with an even split
By: Andrew Crooks
The Canisius volleyball team finished 1-1 in their two games this past weekend. MAAC rivals, the Manhattan Jaspers and the Iona Gaels came into Buffalo to face the Golden Griffins. This past Saturday versus the Jaspers the Golden Griffins swept all three sets winning (25-19 25-18 25-10).
Manhattan was no match for senior Ella Loussia, sophomore Kara Zaucha and sophomore Taylor Baldwin who all recorded at least 9 kills on the day. Junior Alexa Albinson recorded another block which puts her as the first Canisius player this year to have more than 50 blocks on the year. Ella Loussia also during this game moved into 4th all time in Canisius Volleyball history in service aces in a single season with 48 service aces.
The team hitting percentage for this game versus Manhattan was .319 which was a season high for the team in a three set match. Canisius moved to 10-12 on the season with a record of 8-5 in conference. Manhattan moved to 1-23 on the season with a record of 1-13 in conference. On Sunday against Iona the Canisius Volleyball team lost in three sets 25-15, 27-25 and 25-23.
Kara Zaucha led the Golden Griffins with a great performance across many facets of the game. She contributed with a team leading 15 kills and 2 aces, and also chipped in 11 digs. Senior Elle Shult led the team with 7 blocks which is a season high for the Middle Hitter. Senior Bree Long led both games on the weekend with 17 digs on Saturday as well as 18 digs on Sunday.
Freshman Ella Bourque led the team with 35 assists against the Jaspers and 32 assists against the Gaels. This put her up to 868 assists on the season and led her to her 8th MAAC Rookie of the Week.
The Golden Griffins moved to 10-13 on the season with a record of 8-6 in conference. The Gaels moved to 16-9 on the season with a record of 11-4 in conference. The MAAC is quickly coming to a close as the Golden Griffins have only four games remaining in the regular season. The Iona Gaels are in second place, only trailing Fairfield, and the Canisius College Golden Griffins are in fifth place with two weeks of matches left.
This upcoming weekend the Golden Griffins are on the road versus the Rider Broncs and the Saint Peter's Peacocks. The Broncs stand at seventh in the conference at 8-16 on the season and 6-8 in conference play. The Peacocks are ninth in the conference at 1-26 on the season and 1-13 in conference play.