Canisius is still the top team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings. But the Golden Griffins just can’t get past Niagara.
In a Battle of the Bridge matchup and a key contest in MAAC volleyball, Niagara came back for a four-game win at the Gallagher Center on Wednesday night.
The Griffs used a 14-1 run to take the first game, 25-19. But the three-time defending MAAC champs quickly grabbed advantages in the next three games to take the match.
The Purple Eagles tied the score with a 25-22 win in the second game. They then won the next two, 25-20, 25-20, to sweep the regular-season series against Canisius.
“We played well,” Niagara coach Dottie Porch said. “Once we executed the game plan, we controlled the match.”
It was the ninth straight win for NU (10-10, 7-3) against the Griffs.
Even with two losses to Niagara, Canisius still has the best record in the MAAC at 8-2. The Golden Griffins slip to 11-9 overall.
Kari Honomichil had 21 kills for Niagara with 12 digs. Ellen Senf had 13 kills and Taylor Edmonds had 10 kills.
Allison Reis led the defense with 18 digs while Michelle James had 53 assists for the Purple Eagles.
Samantha Good led Canisius with 16 kills while Allyson Severyn had 15 digs. Sydney Palka had 42 assists.
Canisius and Niagara host Siena and Marist for matches at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.