Setting the Scene
What: Canisius Invitational
When: Sept. 8-9
Where: Koessler Athletic Center (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Friday, Sept. 8
Bucknell at Canisius | 6 p.m. | Live Stats | Watch Live (ESPN3)
Saturday, Sept. 9
Bucknell vs. Eastern Washington | Noon | Live Stats | Watch Live (MAAC TV)
Bucknell vs. Charlotte | 2 p.m. | Live Stats | Watch Live (MAAC TV)
About the Bison
* Bucknell is 4-2 after going 1-2 at the Hatter Classic. The Bison recorded a win over host Stetson and had losses to Providence and ECU.
* Sophomore Mimi Richards was named to the All-Tournament Team for the second straight week. She totaled 22 blocks and 34 kills over three matches, including a school-record tying 10 block assists in a four-set loss to Providence.
* Sophomore Brooke Stark tallied a career-high 33 digs in the win over Stetson.
* Sophomore Sophie Bullard has double-doubles in five of the team’s six matches to open the season. She has double-digit digs in all six matches and double-digit kills in five, including 15 kills and 15 digs in the win over the Hatters.
* The Bison have had three All-Tournament selections through the first two events. Bullard was named the Tournament MVP after leading the Bison to the title at the Bucknell Invitational.
* Bucknell leads the Patriot League in blocks/set (3.21).
* Canisius is 2-5 after going 1-3 at the Duquesne Invitational. The Golden Griffins beat Coppin State and lost to Robert Morris, Duquesne, and Northern Kentucky.
* The Golden Griffins lead the MAAC in aces/set (1.91).
* Kristen Plukas and Cassidy Ceriani are tied for third in aces.
Series History with Canisius
* Bucknell leads 8-4 in a series that began in 1991.
* Canisius has won the past two meetings in 2013 and 2016.
* Sophomore Selby Schnobrich had 50 assists in the match against the Golden Griffins last season. Senior Hailey Stout and junior Blake Buchholz finished with 13 kills apiece.
Scouting Eastern Washington
* Eastern Washington is 1-5 after going 0-3 with losses to Texas Tech, Cal, and Dartmouth at the Cal Classic.
* The Eagles rank sixth in the Big Sky in digs/set (14.93).
* Ashley Seiler ranks second in the Big Sky in kills/set (4.04).
Series History with Eastern Washington
* Bucknell and Eastern Washington will meet for the first time.
* Charlotte is 5-3 after going 2-1 at the Bash in the Boro. The 49ers beat North Florida and Georgia Southern and lost to Bethune-Cookman.
* The 49ers play USC Upstate on Wednesday.
* Charlotte ranks first in Conference USA in blocks/set (3.09), and opponent hitting percentage (.136).
Series History with Charlotte
* Charlotte won the only meeting between the teams 3-1 in 2004.
* Bucknell will play host Saint Francis, Morehead State, and Norfolk State at the Red Flash Classic on Sept. 15-16.