GAME 22: Saint Peter's (0-21, 0-10) vs. Canisius (6-13, 4-5)
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 1pm
WHERE: Buffalo, NY - Koessler Athletic Center
The Peacocks will make their annual trip to Western New York to wrap up their season series with Canisius on October 21 and Niagara on Sunday the 22nd.
All-Time vs. Canisius
The Peacocks are 8-28 all-time versus the Golden Griffins. The last time the Peacocks defeated the Golden Griffins was in 2010, winning 3-1 on October 1.
Word on the Griffins
This is the second time the Peacocks will face Canisius this season. Canisius will enter Saturday's matchup with an overall record of 6-13 and conference record of 4-5. Last time out the Canisius Griffins fell to rival, Niagara, 3-1 and defeated Manhattan 3-1. Claire Leonard leads the Griffins with 210 kills. Cassidy Cerani adds the team high of 587 assists while Sofia Lopez Acosta leads the team defensively with 275 digs.
Last Time We Met
The Saint Peter's women's volleyball team fell to Canisius, 3-0 (10-27, 14-25, 23-25) September 17 in the Yanitelli Center. Kali Viles led the Peacocks with eight kills, five digs, and three blocks. Carolina Ruiz followed Viles with 11 assists and added six digs. Defensively, Karla Seda led with nine digs while both Danielle Lopez and Yaidelis Lopez added seven digs.
All-Time vs. Niagara
The Peacocks are 19-17 all-time versus Niagara University. The last time Saint Peter's defeated the Purple Eagles was in 2013. The Peacocks won both games, 3-2 in the season series.
Word on the Purple Eagles
This is the second time that the Peacocks will face the Purple Eagles this season. Niagara will enter Saturday's matchup with an overall record of 11-17 and conference record of 7-2. Niagara has a previous conference win over Canisius and a 3-2 loss against the Iona Gaels. Nicole Matheis leads the Purple Eagles with 191 kills, setter, Rachel Hall, leads with 222 assists while Rylee Hunt leads defensively with 412 digs.
Last Time We Met
The Peacocks dropped the match to the Purple Eagles, 3-0 on September 20 in the Yanitelli Center. Kali Viles led the Peacocks as she totaled nine points with six kills and four blocks. Sharp followed with six kills with a .286 hitting percentage, while Lopez added six kills and the team's high of nine digs. Carolina Ruiz led the team with 14 assists and eight digs and Yaidelis Lopez-Jimenez added five assists and eight digs.
Last Time Out
The Saint Peter's University women's volleyball team dropped a conference match to Iona 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-11) on October 15, in the Hynes Athletics Center. Caitlinn Williams led the Peacocks posting six kills. Natalia Carbonell Torres added four kills and Karla Seda led defensively with 12 digs.
Leading the Squad
Alexus Sharp leads the Peacocks with 118 kills and a total of 43 blocks and 151.5 points. Kali Viles follows with 97 kills, 64 digs and 119 points. Carolina Ruiz leads with adds 159 assists and Karla Seda leads defensively with a team-high of 189 digs while Yaidelis Lopez-Jimenez adds 146 digs.
Senior, Caitlin Williams,registered 45 kills, 28 assists, 96 digs, 21 blocks and 66 points in the previous season.
Junior, Kenyale McGinnis, was seen in 21 matches totaling 10 kills 87 digs in the previous season.
Sophomore, Danielle Goble, played 17 games adding 51 digs in her first season.
Sophomore, Carolina Ruiz, was seen in 23 games leading the team in assists and digs with a total of 82 assists, 183 digs in her rookie season.
Sophomore, Danielle Lopez,played all 25 games finishing her first season with 76 kills, 128 digs, 33 blocks and 109 points.
Sophomore, Alison Makinen, played 12 games added 42 assists, and 27 digs in her rookie season.
Joining the Flock
Junior, Alexus Sharp, attended Daytona State College in Florida from 2015-16 where she accumulated 95 total blocks and holds the school record for blocks per match and block assist.
Junior, Kali Viles, played the last two seasons at Bloomfield College where she finished with 147 kills and 45 blocks.
Freshman, Imani Spicer, she played varsity for two-years and compiled 501 assists and 291 digs over the course of the two seasons.
Freshman, Natalia Carbonell Torres, in 2016 led the team with 368 blocks and helped lead her team to nationals in Indianapolis.
Freshman, Yaidelis Lopez-Jimenez, was was an important figure to reach seven championships during her senior year where she obtained MVP in one tournament.
Freshman, Karla Seda, helped her team win five consecutive school tournaments and she won two MVP awards.
Freshman, Wildalys Soto, was setter in High School where she participated in many tournaments and obtained multiple championships during her career.
Meet the Coach
Amable Martinez is in his first season with Saint Peter's. He served as the men's volleyball assistant coach at Stevens Institute of Technology during the spring of 2017. There, he helped guide the No. 3 nationally ranked Ducks into the Division III NCAA tournament national semifinal round before falling to the eventual national champions, Springfield College. Under the assistance of Martinez, the team finished the season with a 31-6 record.
Prior to his stint at Stevens Institute of Technology, Martinez served as the head coach of the Bloomfield College women's volleyball team for six seasons. At Bloomfield, he composed a win total of 69 matches, including 20 or more wins in his final two seasons, and a .500 or better record in his final three seasons. In 2015, Martinez led the program to a 24-6 overall record, which was the most wins in program history since joining the NCAA Division II level, and led the Bears to a CACC regular season championship with a 15-4 conference mark, guiding the team to an appearance in the CACC Tournament finals. In the fall of 2016, he recorded his second consecutive 20-win season, as Bloomfield finished the season with 21 wins and its third straight trip to the postseason.
From 2005-2011, Martinez was the head girl's volleyball coach at Science Park High School in Newark, NJ. He became a decorated coach at the high school level, raising the program to unprecedented heights during his tenure as he led the school to back-to-back CHC championships in 2007 and 2008. Martinez was also a winner of three-straight Essex County Girls Volleyball Coach of the Year awards from 2007-2009 and he was a two-time Colonial Hills Conference Coach of the Year.