Canisius College women's volleyball team came out on fire against their crosstown rival. But the University at Buffalo had an answer.
While the Golden Griffins won the first two games, UB rallied to win the last three and take the five-set match at the Buffalo Invite in Alumni Arena Friday night.
Canisius sprinted to a 7-1 lead in the first game and went on to win, 25-23. The Griffs took the second game, 26-24, before the Bulls’ rally began.
Buffalo dominated the third game, 25-9, then won the fourth, 25-14, forcing the deciding fifth set. UB won that, 15-9, to take the match.
Polina Prokudina led the Bulls with 27 kills while Andrea Mitrovic had 22.
Claire Leonard and Leah Simmons each had 13 kills for Canisius.
It was the second win of the day for the Bulls, who opened with a three-game sweep over Hampton in the morning. It marked the first time since 2013 that the Bulls won their season-opening match. Buffalo won, 25-13, 25-17, 25-8.
Meanwhile, Canisius dropped to 0-2 after losing its season opener in the morning. The Griffs were swept by Central Arkansas, 25-16, 25-17, 25-16.
The Buffalo Invite concludes Saturday. Canisius will play Hampton at 10 a.m. while UB will face Central Arkansas at 12:30 p.m. Both matches are in Alumni Arena with free admission.
Niagara tops Bona
Niagara earned its first women’s soccer win of the season with a pair of second-half goals, defeating Big 4 rival St. Bonaventure, 2-0, in Lewiston.
Eva Bachmann scored from the top of the 18 at the 56-minute mark to break the scoreless tie. Freshman Bayley Sullivan scored her first collegiate goal in a scrum off a corner kick for the 2-0 lead.
Sabrina Locas and Shania van Nuland combined for the four-save shutout as Niagara improved to 1-1-0.
The Bonnies fell to 0-3-0.
Bona men win in overtime
Paul Afful scored on a header in the 93rd minute to give the St. Bonaventure men’s soccer team a 1-0 win at Bucknell in its season opener. Jon-Michael Perkins had the assist. Luke Iacobellis recorded five saves in the shutout.
Meanwhile, Canisius dropped its season opener, 2-0, at Stony Brook. Stony Brook dominated the contest, ousthooting Canisius, 23-6, including 11-2 in shots on goal.