Volleyball clinches second seed with two-win weekend

Griffs end regular season with sweep of Quinnipiac and Fairfield, handing the Stags their first conference loss all season.

The volleyball team celebrates after a point in a game against Fairfield on Senior Day Nov. 16. The Griffs ended the Stags 19-match win streak. Photo courtesy of Dean Bogart.

By: Matt Duke

The Griffs finished second in the regular season as they closed out their regular season with a successful homestand, including wins over formerly-undefeated Fairfield and Quinnipiac. 

On Saturday, Canisius took on the Fairfield Stags, where Hannah Nelson added three aces to her season total, placing her second all-time for aces in a single season. 

The Stags took the Griffs to five sets, but Canisius was able to pull it out in the end. Fairfield came out on top 26-28 in the first set, but the Blue and Gold fought back in set two and came out on top 25-20. The back and forth continued through the following two sets. Fairfield captured the third set 19-25, which was met in the next set by Canisius’ 25-19 victory in set four. The fifth and final set saw a Canisius victory as well. 

They won 15-10 to capture the match against the Stags. Ella Loussia led the team in kills with 19, followed by Leah Simmons and Hannah Nelson with 12 each. Loussia added two blocks and Simmons added five. Hannah Nelson gave the Griffs three aces, which puts her season total at 52. 

Sunday, the volleyball team rounded out their season with a sweep of Quinnipiac. Canisius took the three sets in their final match 25-20, 25-10, and 25-20. Camila Vazquez was a driving force for the Griffs with 14 kills and three blocks. Cassidy Ceriani had a positive outing as well with seven kills and five blocks. This would finish off the regular season for the Griffs.

Canisius finished this season with a 12-6 record in MAAC play and a 15-15 record overall. The team finished second in the conference, only behind Fairfield who finished 17-1, their only loss being to Canisius this past weekend. This is the second consecutive year that the Griffs placed second in the conference. 

The volleyball team will partake in the MAAC playoffs starting next Saturday, Nov. 23. They clinched a bye for the first round of the playoffs, and will face the winner of the Rider Broncs and the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Canisius is 1-1 on the year against both Rider and Quinnipiac. 

The Griffs are one year removed from their first MAAC championship game appearance and are prepared for another deep playoff run.

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