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Niagara volleyball hosts Canisius on Thursday for annual "Battle Of The Bridge" match


NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. -- The Purple Eagles open a five-game home stand on Thursday, Oct. 18, hosting crosstown rival Canisius at 6:00 p.m. for the first match of the annual Battle of the Bridge series.

Last Time Out
  • The Purple Eagles took a road trip to New Jersey last weekend to face Saint Peter's and Rider. Niagara split its matches, defeating the Peacocks, 3-2, and falling to the Broncs, 3-0.
  • On the weekend, Caroline Leitch led the team in kills, averaging 2.62 kills per set.
  • Jaycie Roberts averaged a team-best 3.75 digs per set. She also added 2.38 kills per set. Roberts recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 13 kills and a career-high 22 digs.
  • Jessica Streuer led the team in assists with 70 total and an average of 8.75 per set. She recorded her eighth double-double of the season against Saint Peter's with 48 assists and 11 digs.

On the Court: Niagara Purple Eagles (6-13, 6-4 MAAC)
  • Leitch leads the Purple Eagles in kills, averaging 2.87 kills per set. She is eighth in the MAAC in kills.
  • Emillie Wright averages a team-best 3.77 digs per set and ranks seventh in the conference in digs. Roberts is ninth in the MAAC in digs, averaging 3.45 digs per set.
  • Streuer leads the team in assists; she has tallied 542 total assists and averages 7.97 assists per set, which is the eighth-best in the MAAC.
  • Grace Hetterscheidt is fifth in the conference in hitting percentage (.283).
  • Overall, the Purple Eagles are fourth in the MAAC in hitting percentage (.186), fifth is assists (10.82 per set) and fifth in kills (11.50 per set).

Across the Net
Canisius Golden Griffins (9-10, 7-3 MAAC)
  • Leah Simmons leads the Griffs in kills, averaging 3.13 kills per set, which is fourth-best in the MAAC.
  • Sofia Lopez Acosta leads Canisius and the MAAC in digs with 5.51 digs per set.
  • Cassidy Ceriani leads the team in assists with 9.23 per set. She ranks fourth in the MAAC in assists.
  • Camila Vasquez has the second-best hitting percentage (.321) in the conference.
  • The Griffs lead the MAAC with a .231 hitting percentage. They are second in assists (12.12 per set), kills (13.23 per set) and digs (16.39) per set and fourth in blocks (1.72 per set).

Up Next

  • The Purple Eagles host Marist on Saturday, Oct. 20 and Siena on Sunday, Oct. 21. Both matches will start at 1:00 p.m.

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