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Colleges: Canisius women's volleyball picks up first win

Canisius College volleyball earned its first win of the season, defeating Hampton in straight sets to close out the Buffalo Invite at Alumni Arena Saturday morning. The Golden Griffins won, 25-16, 25-17, 25-21, to improve to 1-2 on the season after dropping a five-set match to the University at Buffalo and a three-set match to Central Arkansas.

Samantha Zebuth led Canisius with 10 kills and a .562 hitting percentage. Claire Leonard was named to the All-Tournament team as the freshman averaged 2.45 kills per set and posted an attack percentage of .185.

“I thought the tournament was very competitive and a great opportunity to see our strengths and weaknesses,” Canisius coach Lenika Vazquez said. “Practice this upcoming week will be a fun time. We tried a lot of different things. We had three solid different lineups, which is always the best problem to have.”

Meanwhile, host Buffalo lost its first match of the season, falling to Central Arkansas, 25-23, 25-20, 25-23. The Bulls finished the weekend 2-1 while Central Arkansas went undefeated in its three matches.

Polina Prokundina had 12 kills and was named to the All-Tournament team, along with freshman Andrea Mitrovic, who had 11 kills.

Meanwhile at the Syracuse Tournament, Niagara lost to the host Orange in straight sets – 25-16, 25-20, 25-22. In their second match, they took first game from Grand Canyon, 25-21, but dropped the next three, 20-25, 15-25, 13-25, to fall to 0-3.

Buffalo falls at Ohio State

UB women’s soccer fell to 0-2-0 on the season with a 3-0 loss at Ohio State. The Buckeyes took a 1-0 lead in the first half and added two goals in a two-minute span in the second half.

Senior goalkeeper Laura Dougall finished with a career-high 12 saves.

Today’s games

In women’s soccer, St. Bonaventure hosts Kent State at 1 p.m. in its home opener. The Bona men play at Robert Morris (3 p.m.) while the Niagara men’s soccer team plays Belmont (2 p.m.) at the Lipscomb/Belmont Challenge in Nashville, Tenn.

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