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Volleyball swept in homestead by conference foes

By Stephen Lapage, Contributor

Canisius opened their weekend against Fairfield on Saturday, controlling their first set as they pulled out a 25–20 win. Canisius continued their success well into the second set, at one point leading 23–19. Fairfield fought back, however, and took the set 26–24. Both teams continued to battle in the third set, with Fairfield winning 28–26. After winning the last two sets closely, the Fairfield Stags dominated as they took the last set 25–13. Fairfield won the match 3 sets to 1.

Graduate student Ella Loussia, junior Kara Zaucha and freshman Lauren Hubert all recorded double-digit kills in the loss. With Loussia’s performance, she moved past Kara Fadel for eighth on the school’s all-time kills list. Junior Jillian Hanna led the team in digs in the match with 17.

The Griffs hosted the Quinnipiac Bobcats for their Dig Pink game to raise money for breast cancer awareness. The Bobcats came out to an early lead in the first set and never looked back, winning 25–19. Canisius controlled much of the second set, but the Bobcats found a way to win the set 25–22. Quinnipiac continued their momentum as they won the last set 25–17, sweeping the Griffs in the match 3–0.

Hubert had a team-high nine kills in the match, Zaucha tallied nine digs and sophomore Ella Bourque led the team with 26 assists.

“You gotta be good all the time or at least … consistent taking care of the next ball; I think we need to have a little bit of that,” said Jillian Hanna after the team's loss.

Last weekend concluded the Griffs’ third and fourth consecutive matches at home, ultimately going 1–3 during the four-game span.

When it comes to the rest of the season, Hanna added, “We're kind of in and out of things, but I think we already look competitive, and we just gotta find our path and that always helps overall.”

The Griffs go on the road on Saturday and Sunday as they play Siena and Marist. The games are set to start at 2 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.

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