Aug. 29, 2011
The Siena volleyball team dropped a competitive home-opener to Hofstra Monday night 3-1 (25-21, 21-25, 25-15 and 25-22). Taylor Akana had seven of her 12 kills in the first set, and was the only Siena player to reach double-digits.
The match was very even through two sets with the teams trading 25-21 victories. The Pride assumed control with a convincing 25-15 victory in the third set, and held off a late Siena charge for a 25-22 victory in the decisive fourth.
The Saints mixed their rotation throughout, as head coach Garvey Pierre tried to get a look at his young team. Juniors Sarah Sivertson and Elizabeth Ives split the setting duties for Siena, and both players had the Siena offense clicking at times.
Hofstra used a balanced attack to win its third match in as many tries this season. Nikki Kinnier led the way with a match-high 17 kills and 11 digs. Erika Charry had 13 kills, while Kelsie Wills and Anissa Whitney chipped in 10 apiece. Catalina Charry had 50 assists and Kylee Maneja contributed 25 digs from her libero post.
Siena held tough by controlling the action at the net. The Saints owned a 12-7 edge in blocks, with freshman Jacqueline Skeen involved in seven of them. Skeen also killed seven of her 14 attacks, appearing poised for a very promising career.
The Saints have lost three straight matches after their season-opening victory Friday over Youngstown State. Siena is off until September 7 when it travels to play Binghamton. The team's next home match isn't until September 24 when Iona comes to town. This was the only non-conference home match this season.