Siena Volleyball opened up their 2017 season with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-15) loss to Syracuse at the Syracuse Tournament. The Saints capitalized off of freshmen Nicole Deobler, Dakota Jackson and Tyla Parker in the match.
Freshman outside hitter Deobler led the Saints (0-1) with 10 kills. She also recorded three aces and four digs. Jackson tallied six kills for the Saints while also picking up one dig and one block. Parker dished out 19 assists for Siena.
Syracuse (1-0) was led by Kendra Lukacs who recorded 11 kills along with six digs. Annie Bozzo dished out 17 assists, while Belle Sand picked up 15 digs for the Orange.
It was a quick start for Syracuse as they took the first four points in the first set, three of those points coming from kills. Deobler got the Saints into the set with her first collegiate kill. The Orange continued to hold the advantage and went up 8-1 before Head Coach Garvey Pierre called a timeout. The Saints then started their comeback and trailed just 9-5. Syracuse added to their lead and held the Saints off with an 18-12 advantage. Siena continued to fight, but Syracuse took the first set 25-19.
After Syracuse took the first two points of the second set, Siena came back and took a 7-4 lead, coming off of three service aces by Deobler. The Orange went on a 7-0 run to take the lead back 15-10 and never relinquished the lead. The Saints would come back on their own 6-0 run, but would trail 20-12. Syracuse took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-16 victory in the second set.
Siena quickly took a 3-0 lead in the third set, but that was followed by an exchange of points between the in-state foes. Syracuse gained their final lead of the set 10-9 off a kill by Christina Oyawale. Siena continued to battle, but the Orange would take the final set and match with a 25-15 third set victory.
Siena rounds out their opening tournament on Saturday, Aug. 26 when the Saints take on Grand Canyon (12:30 p.m.) and Colgate (3 p.m.).