Akana and Skeen Named to Preseason All-MAAC Team
Saints Lose MAAC Championship Final For the First Time in History
Siena Earns No. 2 Seed in MAAC Championships
Volleyball Streaking Toward MAAC Tournament
Siena Wins Final Eight Home Matches
GENERAL: Determined and versatile player with a phenomenal work ethic...Fought her way into the rotation as an underclassman and made a huge impact...Exceptional server...Can play any front row position, but emerged as the top setting option last season...Improved her back-row defense dramatically, allowing her to stay in the rotation throughout the match.
2011: Led team with 7.8 assists/set, 839 assists and 39 aces...Was the starting setter for all but one MAAC match...Averaged 2.1 digs, 0.6 blocks and 0.6 kills per set...Had 49 assists in huge road win over Marist (10/29)...Had 49 assists in four-set victory over Manhattan (11/13), helping solidify Siena's MAAC Tournament bid...Posted 45 assists in MAAC semifinal loss to Fairfield (11/19)...Collected 10 digs or more in 10 matches.
2010: Played in 30 of 31 matches and 103 of 113 sets...Led team with 34 service aces...Finished third on the team with 148 kills and fourth with 1.44 kills per set...Fourth on squad with 196 digs and fifth with 1.9 digs per set...Served as team's starting setter for final nine matches of season, racking up 399 assists on the year...Posted Siena season-high 51 assists in 3-2 MAAC Tournament win over Saint Peter's.
2009: Played in all 28 matches making 24 starts...Finished third on the team with 147 kills and 1.41 kills per set...Tallied 336 assists seeing spot action at setter...15 service aces were fourth best on the team...Registered 121 digs and 51 blocks in 104 sets played...Averaged 3.6 kills per set over the final seven matches of the season reaching double figures in kills five times...Had 17 kills and no errors (.425) in 3-2 home win over eventual MAAC Champion Niagara (11/8).
BEFORE SIENA: Four year letterwinner and four-time Academic All-District team member at Robert E. Lee... Named top Newcomer in 2005 as well as Offensive Player Of The Year in 2007 and 2008... First Team All-East Texas in 2007 and 2008... Was also a team captain from 2006-2008...Club team (Dallas Skyline) qualified for 2009 Junior Olympics.
PERSONAL/COMMUNITY: Was her High School's class treasurer as well as being a member of the All-Region Orchestra...The daughter of Eric and Nancy Sivertson...Older brother Jonathon attended Texas Tech and older sister Kristina went to UT Tyler...An undecided major who chose Siena because of the scholarship offer to play volleyball.
COACH PIERRE SAYS: "Sarah is very versatile, and I expect her to be on the floor most of the time this season. She has a great work rate. We really count on her. As a setter, she is very consistent, understands the game well, and gets everyone involved. She will need to be a leader for this year's team."
GETTING TO KNOW SARAH:
What I like most about Siena College: The campus
Where do you see yourself in another five years: Hopefully being successful wherever life has taken me
My favorite spot on campus is: The MAC
What I like most about Siena volleyball: My teammates
My best Siena volleyball moment has been: Going to Disneyworld for MAAC
What I like most about Coach Pierre: His accent
Favorite Coach Pierre Quote: "Right here, right now!"
My superstitions are: I always put my left shoe on first
If I didn't play volleyball, I would: Probably play another sport
The player on the team who I relate to best is: All of the 13's because we've been through it all together
The funniest player on the team is: Amanda because she can always make me laugh no matter what
One thing people would be surprised to know about me: I like to fish
What is that one thing, you can't do without: Family
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I would go to: Australia or anywhere in Europe
If I were a crayon, I would be this color: Jamaican sea blue
Professional athlete: Josh Hamilton
Pro sports team: Texas Rangers
Food: My mom's pig in the blankets and homemade bread
Flavor of ice cream: Mackinac Island Fudge
Pizza Topping: Pepperoni
Season: Shorts weather
Animal: My golden retriever Sophie
Flower: Yellow rose/sunflowers