Volleyball looks to improve on rocky start

By Matthew Duke Communications Director The volleyball team is looking to start the season off strong this year. The Griffs have seen some changes since last season, notably they graduated seniors Alexandra George, Kristen Plukas and Samantha Zebuth. Another big loss was freshman standout Claire Leonard, who finished the year with … [Read more...]

As season comes to an end, trio of seniors reflect on Canisius careers

By Adam Duke Assistant Sports Editor Following a loss to Quinnipiac and Iona’s victory over Marist last Saturday, the Canisius volleyball team was eliminated from postseason contention. Despite the elimination, the Griffs showed progress, finishing 8-10 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, improving from their 2016 record of … [Read more...]

Volleyball swept by Marist and Siena, forcing crucial games this weekend

By Adam Duke Assistant Sports Editor After a three-game win streak, Marist defeated the Griffs in straight sets putting a damper on the Griffs’ postseason outlook. Leah Simmons posted nine kills in the loss to the Red Foxes, while Cassidy Ceriani put up 25 kills and Sofia López Acosta added eight digs. The team fared better on … [Read more...]

Volleyball in driver’s seat at right time

By Adam Duke Assistant Sports Editor Currently tied with Rider for fourth place at 8-6 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), the Griffs have positioned themselves for their first potential MAAC tournament appearance since 2012, defeating both Manhattan and Iona this past weekend to complete their final homestand of the … [Read more...]

Love conquers all; Díaz López and family reunite after Hurricane Maria strikes Puerto Rico

By Adam Duke Assistant Sports Editor “We were running a little bit behind, so I started getting worried,” said Andrea Díaz López, recalling the morning she was surprised by her parents. Díaz López hails from Caguas, Puerto Rico, which was recently hit by Hurricane Irma, but was struck more severely by Hurricane Maria. After three … [Read more...]

Lopez Acosta warms up to Buffalo

By Adam Duke Assistant Sports Editor Of the 13 players on the Canisius volleyball team, six are from New York State, five are from other states across the U.S., one is from a U.S. territory, but only one resides in another country. Sofia Lopez Acosta, a junior libero hailing from Mexicali, Mexico, transferred from Arizona Western … [Read more...]

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...]

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