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It's a good fall for local women's sports

Canisius and Niagara are at the top of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference in volleyball and soccer.

Buffalo State's volleyball and soccer programs secured their own berths in the State University of New York Athletic Conference playoffs.

And D'Youville soccer set a program record for consecuative wins.

Those are just some of the highlights of a solid fall campaign for area women's college programs.

VOLLEYBALL: With a sweep of Saint Peter's, the Niagara women's volleyball team extended its program-best win streak to 10 matches.

Though the Purple Eagles, who sit in first place in the MAAC at 11-1, earned its ninth sweep in the 10-match streak, caoch Susan Clements wasn't entirely pleased with the play.

"We did not have a well executed match," Clements said. "However, at this point in the season we will take wins any way we can."

Hannah Hedrick had her eighth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 11 digs while Michelle James had 41 assists. Sam Morgan had a team-high 16 digs to extend her double-digit digs streak to 86 matches.

Meanwhile Canisius (8-4) stayed in third place in the MAAC standings with a four-game win over Manhattan, rebounding from a mid-week loss at Niagara.

"We had a tough match on Wednesday and with the quick turnaround there was no time to feel sorry for ourselves," Canisius coach Cathy Hummel said. "It's good to bounce back and get a win at home in front of a good crowd."

The Golden Griffins' middle hitters combined for 28 kills and eight blocks while hitting nearly .500 on the day. Samantha Good had 15 kills with three blocks while Layne Adams had 12 kills and five blocks.

The teams switch oppnents today, with Niagara hosting Manhattan and Canisius hosting Saint Peter's. Both matches are at 2 p.m.

Buffalo State secured a spot in the SUNYAC playoffs for the first time since 2002 after defeating Geneseo, Saturday. The Bengals are 13-17 overall and finished 4-4 in conference play to earn the third seed in the West Division. Buffalo State will face East No. 2 New Palts in the quarterfinals on Nov. 4 at Fredonia.

SOCCER: Both Canisius and Niagara are tied for second in the MAAC at 4-2 entering road contests today. The Purple Eagles are at Fairfield (1 p.m.) while the Griffs are at Iona (noon).

The teams are chasing Marist, which improved to 6-1 with a 2-1 win over Siena Saturday. Siena and Loyola are both trailing the Purple Eagles and Griffs with 4-3 marks.

D'Youville set a program record with its fifth-straight win -- a 3-1 win over Franciscan on Saturday. Stephanie Lozzi (Lew-Port) had a goal and an assist for the Lady Spartans, who improved to 11-5 overall, 5-3 in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

Buffalo State had its best finish in school history as it finished the regular season 6-3-1 in SUNYAC play to earn the third seed in the conference playoffs. The Bengals earned a 1-0 overtime win over Brockport to improve to 10-5-2 overall. They will host No. 6 New Paltz in the SUNYAC quarterfinals at 1 p.m., Saturday.

 --- Amy Moritz


Big 4 | Buffalo State | Canisius | Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference | Niagara
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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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