Volleyball optimistic for second half of season

Griffs volleyball suffered losses to Quinnipiac and Fairfield this past weekend but is looking ahead to the second half of conference play.

Cassidy Ceriani sets a ball during a match against Rider Oct. 6. Photo by Dean Bogart.

After losing their first match of the season on Oct. 13, the Griffs dropped two more matches this past weekend, one to Quinnipiac and the other to Fairfield.

Freshman Ella Louissa made a splash this weekend, putting down a team-leading nine kills in the loss against Quinnipiac and tallied four digs in the four-set loss. 

The Griffs started strong with a 25-19 win in set one, followed by three straight lost sets, 17-25, 25-27, and 17-25. Leah Simmons had another strong outing, adding nine kills and four blocks. 

“I think the girls needed some rest,” said head coach Lenika Vazquez of the teams current cold streak. “As much as you wanted to pretend that being on the road as much as we were doesn’t wear on you, it does. Not to blame the losses on that, but I do believe us being at home and having our home base there and our fans feeding us that energy, I think it’s going to be really what this team needs right now.”

The team is at home for the entirety of the second half of the season, outside of the weekend of Nov. 1 and 2. They have a homestand this coming weekend, starting Saturday at 1 p.m. against Manhattan and continuing Sunday at 1 p.m. when they host Iona. 

Louissa had another strong performance on Sunday, although Canisius dropped their second match of the weekend to Fairfield in the first matchup with the Stags this year. 

Fairfield swept the Griffs in three sets, winning with scores of 18-25, 23-25 and 18-25. Camila Vazquez led the team with eight kills and four blocks, followed by Louissa’s six kills and two blocks.

When asked how to prepare for Fairfield the next time around, Vazquez said, “That’s a long time away. To prepare for them next time, we’re going to do nothing extra that we did this time. I mean we got aced 11, 12, 13 times. Just make sure were a bit more aggressive in serve receive and I think that will make all the difference.”

Fairfield remains undefeated on the season, which puts them atop the conference. The Griffs sit at 6-3, good for third in the MAAC going into the second half of the season.

In preparing for the second half of the season, the team, “sat down yesterday and we set down our goals for the second half,” according to Vazquez. “What we want it to look like and being very specific on how to reach those goals. So, similar to the first half: Let’s tackle each match team by team. Of course were always pushing for a victory, but as long as we’re doing our best, I think that’s good for the program.”

Vazquez is optimistic for the second half of the season and believes the team is ready to progress and grow. 

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