BUFFALO, N.Y. – Courtney Shaw (Centennial, Colo.) hit a match-high 14 kills, while not committing a single attacking error, leading the Marist volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-23) road victory Saturday afternoon over Canisius in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) match.
Shaw finished with 14 kills on 21 swings for .667 hitting percentage while also adding four blocks. Mackenzie Stephens (Holland, Mich.) was also in double figures with 11 kills, hitting at a .360 clip for the match, while making a match-high six blocks. Grace Hill (Kalamazoo, Mich.) and Kelsey Lahey (Bowling Green, Ohio) each added six kills. Audra Brady (Allentown, Pa.) had 37 assists while Brooke Zywick (Garden City, Mich.) led all players with 17 digs and Gena Russo (Rensselaer, N.Y.) also had 10 digs. As a team, Marist hit an impressive .311 and had six service aces, led by three from freshman Lexi Millington (Manhattan Beach, Calif.).
Marist (8-5, 2-1 MAAC) used a 4-0 run in the first set to jump out to a 4-1 lead. Shaw started the streak with a kill and Millington added an ace to go along with two Canisius (4-10, 2-1 MAAC) errors. The Golden Griffins responded with five straight points of their own to jump ahead 6-4. Trailing 13-8, the Red Foxes embarked on an 8-2 run take the lead back at 16-15. Shaw and Lahey each had a kill in the run and Shaw also paired up with Marisa Gilbert (Pflugerville, Texas) for a block. Stephens added a kill and a solo block. After two Canisius points, Marist used another large run, this time scoring nine of 13 points to take the opening set 25-22. Shaw had three kills, in the span of four points, to lead the late rally while Stephens and Hill each added a pair of kills and Brady contributed one. Shaw finished with five kills in the first set, on just six attacks, to lead the offense while Zywick had eight digs defensively.
Canisius took control early in the second set, jumping out to an 8-3 lead. A kill by Hill, however, jumpstarted a 9-4 run for the Red Foxes, knotting the score at 12. Shaw had three more kills in the run, added again teamed with Gilbert for a block. Stephens, Lahey and Zywick each also added a kill and Hill, Stephens and Brady teamed up for the rare triple block. Following a Canisius point, Hill had another kill and Zywick had back-to-back aces to give Marist its first lead of the set at 15-13. The Golden Griffins rallied to take the lead back at 17-16, but the Red Foxes again closed strong, this time on a 9-1 run to win the set 25-18. Gilbet had a kill and an ace in the final run while Stephens had three kills and two more blocks. Shaw finished the set with five kills, on just five swings to again lead Marist offensively while Stephens added four kills and three blocks.
The Golden Griffins again jumped out to an early lead in the third set, taking an 8-4 advantage. Facing a 13-7 deficit, Marist again rallied, scoring four of five points, all on Canisius errors to cut the lead to 13-10. Canisius pulled back ahead by four at 18-14, but the Red Foxes again responded, this time fight back with a 6-1 run to force a tie at 19-19. Shaw led the charge with three kills and teamed up with Stephens for another block. After three straight points by the Golden Griffins gave the home team a 22-19 advantage, Marist again scored six of seven points to take the set and the match, 25-23. Lahey had two kills, including the final one, while Shaw and Stephens each added a kill and Millington contributed her third ace of the match.