VOLLEYBALL OPTIMISTIC DESPITE BEING SWEPT BY NIAGARA
By Colton Pankiewicz, Sports Editor
After snapping a lengthy losing skid a week ago against Manhattan, Canisius fell victim to a weekend sweep against Niagara. Despite the sweep, the team stays optimistic in regards to turning their season around.
In the first frame of Canisius’s weekend, the Griffs stayed on the Purple Eagles heels, trailing 23–22 before sophomore Bella Mosquera’s fourth kill of the set put both sides at 23. A Niagara kill, followed by an attacking error, gave the set to the cross-town rival.
The Golden Griffins came out firing in their second set, leading 24–22 before allowing an opposing run that handed another set to Niagara. The Golden Griffins returned from intermission, and with a 9–4 scoring run, they were able to force a fourth set. The fourth set turned out to be a bleak one for Canisius, falling 25–18 and ending Saturday on the losing side of a deep-rooted matchup.
Traveling to Lewiston, NY for their second consecutive match against Niagara, the Griffs experienced a lot of self-inflicting mistakes that lead to them falling victim to a three set sweep.
Despite losing the three sets by scores of 25–11, 25–15, 25–17, junior Kara Zaucha isn't panicking. She mentioned how Quinnipiac sat with the same record as Canisius at this point in the season but was able to turn things around and win the MAAC championship. After going 1–9 in the month of September, the Golden Griffins are ready for their turnaround. “September’s over, it's a new month, our team has to realize it’s a new month and October is the prime for MAAC,” said Zaucha. After a match where Canisius hit at 8%, and offering 23 errors on Sunday, it’s apparent Canisius’s biggest enemy is themselves.
“We’ve been playing this game where it’s us versus us, and it’s instilled…that it’s not anyone else beating us. It’s fixable, and once we figure it out and realize we can do what everyone else is doing, we could win a MAAC championship,” added the captain.
The Griffs head on the road this weekend in matches against Saint Peters and Rider in search of an answer to turn the season around and notch their first win of a young October.