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Cassidy Ceriani named Canisius Student-Athlete of the Week

CANISIUS COLLEGE ATHLETICS

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Canisius junior Cassidy Ceriani has been named the Canisius Student-Athlete of the Week. Ceriani, who holds a 3.56 grade point average, helped the Golden Griffins go 1-1 last weekend as the volleyball team started league play at Marist and Siena.

Ceriani's strong opening weekend of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play was highlighted by an individual milestone. Using 45 assists in the Griffs' win at Siena, the junior setter passed 2,000 assists in her career, becoming just the eighth player in program history to do so. The win also saw her rack up two kills, two aces and 12 digs. Ceriani recorded another double-double the day before, tallying 29 assists, 11 digs and six kills against Marist. Ceriani ended the weekend with 9.25 assists per set average and a .238 hitting percentage.

The Canisius athletic department has a strong tradition of success in the classroom, with 19 varsity programs recording a grade point average of 3.0 or better in the 2017-18 spring semester. Fifteen teams recorded a team GPA of 3.25 or higher, and the school's 342 student-athletes combined to post a department grade point average of 3.26 in the spring session.

Additionally, last spring saw 22 student-athletes earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the semester. Those 22 student-athletes represent nine different teams. A total of 243 student-athletes hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, which breaks down to 71 percent of the College's student-athlete population.

The volleyball team returns home for its home opener Sept. 22, taking on Saint Peter's at the Koessler Athletic Center. The Griffs then host Rider Sept. 23 in a match that can be seen on ESPN3. Both matches are set for 1 p.m.