Effort and energy evident in Griffs’ four-set loss

By Marshall Haim Sports Editor LEWISTON, N.Y. - - Thursday evening was the first of two times that the Canisius and Niagara volleyball teams would have in the legendary rivalry. Both teams carried a ton of energy into the game, but the Purple Eagles edged the Griffs in four sets: 25-22, 18-25, 28-26, 25-22. The crowd of 289 at the … [Read more...]

Freshman Leonard makes big impact for Griffs

By Adam Duke Assistant Sports Editor After losing former captain Katlyn Tyler to graduation over the past offseason, the Canisius volleyball team looked to find a new outside hitter to fill the hole. Last year, Griffs head coach Lenika Vazquez recruited three freshmen to join the squad. Claire Leonard, a Bettendorf, Iowa native, was … [Read more...]

Highlights from the first month of fall sports

By Marshall Haim Sports Editor As the first full month of the fall athletic calendar comes to a close, there have been many highlights for Canisius Athletics. Some have earned accolades from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, while some player’s performances have aided their respective team to be ranked high nationally in … [Read more...]

Senior skip year

By Adam Duke Assistant Sports Editor “Senior year’s a big deal,” said Canisius freshman Tamia Bowden, “but I decided to come here because I like it here better than Kentucky.” The Lexington native graduated a year early from Lafayette High School so that she could come play for the Griffs. At the end of her junior year, she had the … [Read more...]

Volleyball splits first MAAC road trip

By Adam Duke Assistant Sports Editor On Sept. 16, the Griffs traveled to New Jersey for their first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match against Rider. Claire Leonard and Leah Simmons each tallied eight kills, while Cassidy Ceriani earned a double-double (22 assists and 11 digs) in the three-set loss to the Broncs. Sara Wesley … [Read more...]

Hickson awarded scholarship for third season

By Adam Duke Assistant Sports Editor “See ya later preferred walk-on life…GOT OFFERED A SCHOLLY TODAY,” tweeted Canisius junior Donnett Hickson on Aug. 17. “Two long years of hard work paid off.” https://twitter.com/donnettrose/status/898355909671473156 Hickson began playing volleyball in eighth grade at Orchard Park Middle School. … [Read more...]

Canisius hosts first volleyball invitational in four years

By Adam Duke Assistant Sports Editor Over the past weekend, Canisius College hosted its first volleyball invitational since 2013. It was the first invitational the school had held since Lenika Vazquez took over as head coach. “I had a lot of support from staff. Every single department chipped in to make that a very smooth tournament … [Read more...]

Volleyball returns, will host collegiate tournament

By Adam Duke Assistant Sports Editor After adding former Hilbert College head coach Chris Krueger and former Missouri Valley College volleyball star Mohamed Diyani as assistant coaches in early August, in addition to three freshmen and one transfer student, the Canisius volleyball team has returned for the 2017 campaign. In Lenika … [Read more...]

A year in sports

By Adam Duke Assistant Sports Editor As is typical of all sports programs, Canisius athletics had its ups and downs in the 2016-17 season. In the fall, the men’s cross country team finished in second place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Iona Gaels dominated the race, taking spots one through eight. Galen Snyder … [Read more...]

Volleyball conference season starts on the road: MAAC season begins against Marist and Siena after rough preseason

By Adam Duke Sports Reporter After going 0-3 in a second consecutive tournament, the Griffs will seek to pick up a pair of victories on the road this weekend against Marist and Siena. Last season, the Griffs were defeated in two matches by both teams, but as Outside Hitter Jacklyn Malusa optimistically stated last week, “It’s … [Read more...]


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