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Colleges: Niagara volleyball captures Hartford Invitational title

The Niagara University women’s volleyball team claimed its first invitational title since 2009 with a three-game sweep over New Jersey Institute of Technoloty at the Hartford Invitational on Saturday.

The Purple Eagles won by set scores of 25-23, 25-21 and 25-19 to improve to 4-5 on the season.

Senior libero Rylee Hunt was named tournament MVP and was selected to the all-tournament team along with senior outside hitter Nicole Matheis and sophomore setter Rachel Hall.

Hunt led the match with 20 digs, while Matheis added 14. Hall’s 25 assists are a season-high for the Purple Eagles.

Sophomore Draik Banks led the match with a career-high 13 kills.

Niagara begins MAAC play next week at Saint Peter’s on Saturday and Rider on Sunday.

Griffs drop a pair

Canisius women’s volleyball dropped to 2-8 after losing two games at its invitational on Saturday. The Golden Griffins fell in straight sets to Charlotte in the morning and lost a five-set match to Eastern Washington in the evening.

Freshman Claire Leonard had a combined 23 kills for Canisius in both matches. Sophomore setter Cassidy Ceriani recorded 51 total assists.

Canisius begins conference play next weekend with a game at Rider on Saturday and at Saint Peter’s on Sunday.

Bulls get tourney split

The University at Buffalo women’s volleyball team wrapped up play at the Georgetown Tournament with a three-set loss to James Madison and a five-set win over the host Hoyas.

The Bulls beat Georgetown by set scores of 25-22, 19-25, 25-23, 18-25 and 15-12. Sophomore outside hitter Polina Prokudina had a team-high 19 kills. Sophomore Scout McLerran had 48 assists.

Next up for UB (5-3) is the College of Charleston Tournament in South Carolina on Friday and Saturday.

Bona’s Long shoots 69

St. Bonaventure senior Corey Long matched his career-low round of 69 Saturday morning in the first round of the Alex Lagowitz Memorial Invitational at Seven Oaks Golf Club in Hamilton.

Long followed that up with a 77 in the afternoon and sits tied for sixth place with a 146 heading into Sunday’s final round.

Sophomore Nolan Ditcher (Randolph) is tied for 25th after shooting two rounds of 75.

The Bonnies as a team were in second place after an opening-round 295 but shot a 305 in the second round to drop to seventh out of 16 teams with a 600 total.

Cornell is in first with a team score of 591. Cornell’s Jack Casler, competing as an individual, is in first after shooting two rounds of 70 for a 140. Casler opened his round with a triple-bogey but made the turn at 34.

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